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This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
If you have information which would be of benefit to other residents in Petersfield please contact Romsey Mill with details and we will consider using it in future newsletters.
If you know someone who would like to receive the paper version of this newsletter, please ask them to contact Romsey Mill via phone or via post: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Road, Cambridge CB1 3BZ (you do not need a stamp if you add “FREEPOST CB1067”) or call 07933 671101.
Romsey Mill can also offer assistance by putting you in contact with volunteers, who can help collecting shopping and medication.
For all residents experiencing other Covid related issues (e.g. needing help while they isolate, or experiencing financial hardship support) speak to a member of the customer services team at Cambridge City Council. Telephone 01223 458780 or contact Simon.Aslett@cambridge.gov.uk or complete an online help request form here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavir
Latest infection statistics in Cambridge Public Health England data indicate there were 49 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week – 27th September to 3rd October. This is a significant increase on last week’s figures, although the rate of infection is still below the national average.
The rapid increase in infections has prompted some changes in the guidance and also in law.
To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.
When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.
Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, as well as taking extra steps to stay safe. For example:
on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt; move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space. If indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open
It may not always be possible or practicable to maintain social distancing when providing care to a young child, or person with a disability or health condition. You should still limit close contact as much as possible when providing these types of care, and take other precautions such as washing hands and opening windows for ventilation.
Seeing Friends and Family
When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should meet in groups of 6 or less. This limit of 6 includes children of any age. The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £200, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400.
You should also follow social distancing rules when you meet up and limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time.
Black History Month
This is held every year in October. It promotes the history and contributions that Black people with origins in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and other Black communities around the world have made to Cambridge and the UK.
Events around the country include history and heritage, arts and culture, news and ideas from a range of communities. It is an opportunity to share activities and experiences.
Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. We have celebrated it in Cambridge since 2005. This year, as with many other activities and events, celebrations will take place online
Elsewhere in Cambridge:
- Visit the Cambridge African Network for online activities
- Visit Anglia Ruskin University website for lectures, talks and exhibitions
- Visit The Library Presents from Cambridgeshire Libraries.
Visit the Black History Month website to find out more about it and about national events.