CORONA VIRUS (Covid-19)

Information for residents of the Birchams -

National Lockdown -  

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (roadmap)’ for more information on roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.

From 29 March:

  • you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

  • you can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)

  • childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children

  • formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number

Keeping yourself and others safe

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

(The Council aims to keep this guide as up to date as it can, however, regulations can change quickly and residents are advised to check Government or NHS websites for the latest guidance)

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

Medication

Docking and Great Massingham Surgery both provide a delivery service for medicines on repeat prescription for the over 60s -  Please call your respective surgery to arrange this service. If they become overwhelmed we will look to volunteers to help support the delivery

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Bircham Playing Fields

The field and equipment are all open to residents.  Please follow Social Distancing advice which includes keeping 2 metres apart.   Signage onsite with guidance should be followed to keep you and others safe. 

Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

Bin emptying service will continue to operate but food waste should go into the black waste bins until otherwise advised.  The Brown Bin service has been reinstated.   

Click on the link for access to grants and rate relief information for small and leisure businesses 

www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus  

Docking Household Recycling Site will remain open

Library - are closed until further notice

Library services available online only.  Mobile service has also closed

Covid 19 Tests

Find out if you have coronavirus now

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.     Test Centre at Lynn Sport (park in carpark) for pre-booked appointments

Vaccines

Residents who meet the national priorities will be contacted with an appointment, please do not contact your Surgery to enquire at this time 

You can book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 50 or over

  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker

  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)

  • you have a learning disability

  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

 If you have questions about your care at QEH please contact the hotline 01553 214545. Operational 9am-3pm Monday to Friday.   Visiting restrictions are now in place.