COVID-19 update: Schools close and latest lockdown restrictions

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In today's update:


National lockdown brings learning back online

Schools in Cumbria from today are closed and have moved teaching online until at least February half-term under a new national Covid lockdown announced by the Prime Minister last night.

The new national restrictions mean that there are extra rules in place, in addition to the Tier 4 regulations which already applied across Cumbria. This means that:

  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term*. Early years settings remain open.
  • You must only leave your house for a few specific reasons (to exercise, shop for food, get essential medical help, if you absolutely cannot work at home or if your safety is threatened).

*Please get in touch with your school directly if your child is going to struggle to access remote learning due to lack of technology or other issues.

Your school will be in touch with you to make arrangements if your child receives free school meals.  

National lockdown laws: stay at home 

Please remember that infection rates are very high in our county but we can reduce them by strictly following the restrictions and by hand-washing and wearing face coverings. Let's all continue to work together to save lives and protect the NHS.

If you get even mild symptoms, arrange a test and self-isolate for 10 days. 

Vaccination against the virus is continuing and the NHS is asking everyone to be patient. You will be contacted when it's your turn to get the jab, you do not need to contact your GP - they will contact you. NHS vaccination information.


Where to go if you need support...

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work. Read the latest advice here.

Do you need urgent help?

Cumbria County Council can provide urgent help and emergency support, including basic food and essential items, or if you are struggling to cope with your current situation for whatever reason.

Call the county council's Support Helpline on 0800 783 1966 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm). Our supportive staff will talk to you and suggest ways to help.

You can also email COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk and you will receive a response within one working day.

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Support for businesses

To find out if your business has been affected by the latest restrictions visit Business support – GOV.UK


Cumbria County Council services update

Following yesterday’s announcement, the council has reviewed any impact on services. The majority of our service delivery remain unchanged.

Household Waste Recycling Centre will remain open and operational as normal

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open, and we have no plans for closures during the new lockdown restrictions. There is a booking system in place at certain sites, and all sites are following social distancing guidelines. Please only visit if absolutely necessary, and first and foremost, make use of your local district council kerbside collection services where possible.

Libraries 

In line with government guidance libraries and archives will no longer be open for public browsing. We will continue to offer essential services such as click and collect and home delivery. Our website has all the latest updates.

Ceremonies 

Government guidance is that weddings and civil partnerships should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. Where ceremonies do go ahead, a maximum of 6 people are allowed to be present, not including staff working at the event. Our teams are on hand to speak to customers to advise them of the latest advice and discuss alternative arrangements. Full details can be found on our website 

Visiting a Cumbria Care Home

Cumbria Care remains open for pre-booked visits to specific visitor rooms in each home which are purposefully designed to allow social distance visiting safely.