Hunsbury Meadows Parish Council has set up this resource to provide information to the local community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. It will also provide links to reliable sources of information both nationally and where appropriate locally.
Hunsbury Meadows is a small Parish and we have very little public infrastructure such as shops and libraries and only one school. Although we have two large industrial estates at the south of the Parish there is very little in the way of businesses that the public interact with.
The Parish Council has cancelled all planned Parish events for the foreseeable future
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons, and one of these is to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. You should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone outside of your household.
Government guidance outlines how you can help and importantly, how to do this safely.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - what you need to know
Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
Working from Home
Home working: preparing your organisation and staff
Northampton Borough Council
Northamptonshire County Council
BBC Coronavirus Main page
BBC: Coronavirus information: What should I do?
Times like these bring out the best in people, and the worst in people. Already we are hearing of unscrupulous exploitation of the situation, including:
- Fraudulent emails containing hyperlinks or attachments, which people in a heightened state of worry are more likely than normal to click on.
- Advice circulating on social media that people self-isolating should physically mark their houses in some way if they need help, e.g. by displaying a sticker in their front window or tying a ribbon to their front door. This is effectively putting a target on the house for people up to no good.
- People offering goods that are in temporarily short supply (e.g toilet roll) or increased demand (e.g. face masks) for sale at knockdown prices, taking payment and then never delivering the goods.
- Fraudsters posing as volunteers and conning vulnerable (particularly elderly) people by taking their credit cards so that they could do their shopping for them, and then making additional unauthorised purchases.
The list above is a small sample of the depths some people will stoop to. It's a time for being extra-vigilant, pausing before clicking, and making sure that online and offline security measures are in place and up to date.
For further information see https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.