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THE CORONAVIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE; PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.

Amroth and District Good Neighbours is a volunteer organisation set up to help our neighbours in the Amroth area who may be isolated during the Coronavirus outbreak. email: info@amrothgoodneighbours.wales or leave us a message on 01834 855808

Community Hub remains ready to support ahead of pause to shielding

Any Pembrokeshire residents who are shielding and may have concerns about the pausing of shielding in Wales on 16th August are being urged to contact the Pembrokeshire Community Hub.

The Community Hub has been supporting shielding residents and other local people since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and although shielding is being paused during August, the reassuring message is that support will continue.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has advised that those shielding will no longer need to do so after August 16.

As a result Welsh Government food box deliveries will also end on the same date. Currently more than 1,500 people in Pembrokeshire receive a Welsh Government food box.

The Community Hub – a partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board, and Delta Well-being – is ensuring that everyone who is currently shielding is aware of the changes plus the support and advice available.

The Hub has written to all those shielding – more than 5,500 people in Pembrokeshire – about the changes and is making proactive phone calls to those who currently receive food boxes.

The letter acknowledges that the lifting of shielding advice will mean different things for different people and returning to activities such as shopping, seeing people you know and accessing the community may not be straightforward.

Hub calls will discuss future shopping arrangements and chat about how those who have been shielding feel about the possibility of leaving home.

The calls will also enquire about support from family or friends and discuss whether any additional support is required and work with individuals to identify the best solution for them.

The Hub can be contacted on 01437 776301 or by emailing communitycovid19@pembrokeshire.gov.uk.

At present the Community Hub’s hours are Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and 10am-2pm on Saturday. 

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday, 7th August, as follows:

‘Welcome to my weekly update and it has been another busy week for us all.

‘I’m sure like me you are all enjoying the summer period. It is a shame this week’s weather has been wet but brighter days are ahead.

‘I am glad to see that our campsites and cafés and public houses are now back up and running, however, I do appreciate that the restrictions will be limiting some to get back up to full speed.

‘It is so pleasing to see everyone is continuing to work together, continuing to get back to normality.

‘Rebuilding will take time; however, I feel we are making good steps to recovery.

‘As an authority, we continue to reopen services. This week our leisure classes have started outside, dates have been finalised for fitness suites opening indoors and our registrar services are reopening – all positive news.

‘I have had such positive feedback from our visitor welcome team, who are out across our towns. The feedback is indicating that visitors are exploring the whole county which is reducing pressure in some of our hot spots – please everyone continue to plan your trips out and try to find new places to visit.

‘However, as an authority we are still receiving some concerns about social distancing, or the lack of it, in some places.

‘Across Pembrokeshire we have put in place extra pavement space, one way systems, signage and more to aid social distancing.

‘We and our businesses are doing their bit, now we ask that everyone, local people and visitors, do their bit and take personal responsibility for staying two metres apart.

‘The rule is in place to keep us all safe.

The two metres helps prevent coronavirus spreading. It cannot be underlined how important it is to stay two metres apart and continue to practise good hand hygiene with plenty of hand washing. It really does make a difference.

‘The vast majority of people are following the rules and I would like to take this opportunity to thank ‘Team Pembrokeshire’ for their continued support.

‘Another weekend is here and I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and relaxing in the garden.

‘I hope you can all find time this weekend to relax, if you are going out please remember stay safe and be respectful of others…

‘The following coronavirus-related press releases have been issued since my previous update last Friday:

  • Booking still essential for tip visit
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/booking-still-essential-for-waste-and-recycling-centres-in-pembrokeshire
  • Call to return library books
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/bring-us-your-books
  • Hub remains ready to support as shielding pauses
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/community-hub-remains-ready-to-support-ahead-of-pause-to-shielding
  • Phased re-opening for Leisure Centre facilities
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/phased-re-opening-for-leisure-centre-facilities
  • Record keeping vital to coronavirus fight
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/record-keeping-to-play-important-role-in-fight-against-coronavirus
  • Work continues to keep Pembrokeshire safe
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/work-continues-to-keep-pembrokeshire-safe
  • Covid-19 community fund open for applications
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/covid-19-community-action-fund-open-for-applications
  • Be respectful call as noise complaints continue
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/be-respectful-call-as-noise-complaints-continue
  • Covid-19 fund helps local sports clubs
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/new-fund-set-up-after-covid-19-outbreak-helps-county-sports-teams
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships update
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/marriages-and-civil-partnerships-at-approved-premises

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources regularly.  Please find all assets here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-resources/   

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘For service updates visit: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My Account at:

https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Remember, please travel safely.’

Useful links:

Pembrokeshire Bus Service Changes – 25th July 2020. Information for passengers: There are important safety instructions for passengers to follow when travelling on public transport. These will be communicated via notices displayed on the buses.

  • ONLY TRAVEL IF YOUR JOURNEY IS ESSENTIAL AND YOU HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE
  • Avoid travelling at peak times: 7am – 9:30am and 3pm to 6pm
  • You should NOT travel if you are:
  • experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
  • self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms
  • clinically extremely vulnerable
  • shielding because of your age or a medical condition
  • The advised Social Distancing rules should be adhered to at all times
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and MUST be worn at all times.
  • Wherever possible, AVOID touching any surfaces at bus shelters and within the bus
  • Passengers are advised to wash their hands before and after each journey
  • Please use contactless payment or correct cash change only
  • IF YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH DURING YOUR JOURNEY PLEASE CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT.

Also, I’m aware that Dyfed Powys Police will be deploying additional resources and patrols in accordance with ‘Operation Lion’ targeted at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

‘All of this work will be co-ordinated in our operational room based in County Hall.

‘I want to assure everyone that our aim is to create a safe environment for visitors and local communities alike. Officers are working very hard across the county.

‘I want to thank all our staff that are “out and about” – the workers at the ‘coal face’ – who are doing a fantastic job, as they always do. Thank you very much.

‘We need your support to deliver a safe Pembrokeshire by taking personal responsibility and ensuring you are all familiar and complying with the Covid-19 regulations as they apply in Wales.

‘So please ‘Team Pembrokeshire’ keep going, keep strong and collectively we can rebuild our county.

‘My next update will be on Friday so take care everyone. I’m sure like me you are proud of our county so let’s keep everyone safe and welcome our visitors.

‘The following coronavirus-related press release has been issued since my previous update last Friday:

  • Outdoor Exercise Classes To Start:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/outdoor-group-exercise-classes-to-begin

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources regularly.  Please find all assets here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-resources/   

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘For service updates visit: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My Account at:

https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Remember, please travel safely.’

Useful links:

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