SHDC Covid-19 Update for Town and Parish Councils

Important Update

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 1June 2020

Stay Alert > Control The Virus > Save Lives

Our Community Support During Covid

Last week we told you about how we've been working along with our colleagues across Devon councils in our collective response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This week, we'd like to share what we have been doing ourselves to  ensure our residents, communities and businesses have been well informed, supported, and protected during this difficult time. 

Here are just some of the things we have done to help our community.

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LRF Warning - Anti 5G Posters


We have been made aware by the Local Resilience Forum that there is a campaign of Anti 5G posters in the South West.  

These posters are being fixed to masts, lamp posts, and other public area structures. Nationally, it has been alleged that some of the posters have been booby trapped with sharp objects thought to be intended to injure whoever attempts to take a poster down. The LRF are not aware of any cases within the local area but please take extra care if you see a poster and plan to move it.

Play Parks Update

Play Parks Closed

Further to recent enquiries, officers wish to confirm in accordance with Government advice all play areas remain closed due to Covid-19. 

Guidance circulated last week by National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and BHIB Councils Insurance to Town and Parish Councils may have indicated that play areas could reopen subject to case by case assessment. However this is not the case.

As yet Government has given no indication of timescales to reopen play areas. Given the difficulty in achieving adequate social distancing, keeping play equipment sterile and preventing children touching the same equipment, it is likely that play areas will be one of the later facilities to reopen.

When government guidance changes appropriate steps such as inspection of play areas prior to reopening will be taken and reopening dates communicated with Members and Town & Parish Councils.

Look After Your Mental Health

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It's not unusual to feel worried or helpless at the moment. Try and share how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope with family and friends. It could help them too.

If you don’t feel able to do that, there are people you can speak to via NHS recommended helplines or you could find support groups online to connect with.

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep good sleep hygiene practices – like avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

RNLI to Increase Lifeguard Cover

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Now that lockdown restrictions have eased, the RNLI has rolled out lifeguard patrols on another 22 beaches in the South West.

Find out which beaches will have RNLI cover from Saturday.

If you are planning to visit the coast, always remember to:

  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone
  • Don’t use inflatables
  • FLOAT TO LIVE if you fall into the water unexpectedly. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float
  • In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

Find out more from the RNLI

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