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This page was updated as of 27th March at 12:00. If you have any questions about the information shown below or would like more guidance, please get in touch with Fergus via fergus.ustianowski@bristollibdems.org


Updates!

This was updated on the 29th March

Bristol City Council Food Parcels:

  • Bristol City Council have started delivering food parcels
  • They are being distributed using taxis who already provide home to school transport and volunteers
  • These parcels are for those who have received a letter from the Government identifying them as on the NHS vulnerable list
  • Bristol City Council are also looking at how they can best support those who are struggling to afford to buy food, and are working with foodbanks and Feed Bristol
  • If you have had a letter from the Government and need this support, please call 0800 0288327

Risk Groups

All information was found on the Government website (27th March).

The at risk groups are:

  •  Aged 70 or over (Regardless of medical conditions)
  •  Under 70 with underlying health conditions listed below
    • Chronic Respiratory Disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • Chronic Heart Disease such as heart faliure
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Chronic Liver Disease such as Hepatitis
    • Chronic Neurological Conditions such as Parkinson's, Motor Neurone, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or Cerebral Palsy
    • Diabetes
    • Problems with your spleen such as Sickle Cell or removal of Spleen
    • A weakened immune system as a result of HIV or AIDS or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    •  Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • Those who are pregnant

There are some clinical conditions which put people at an even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will contact you directly with advice.

There has been NO strong evidence that ibuprofen makes COVID-19 worse however current government guidelines (found here) suggest you take paracetamol to relieve the symptoms of the virus.

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Social Distancing

Take these steps to minimise transmission of COVID-19:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms, this includes high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour
  3. Work from home, where possible
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public places such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars and clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phones, internet and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Please limit face-to-face contact with people if they:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

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Hygiene

Follow these to reduce the spread:

  • Washing your hands more often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

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What should you do if you show symptoms

A list of symptoms can be found https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ (27th March). 

If you live at home alone and you have symptoms, self isolate for 7 days

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms then stay at home for 7 days but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days, this period starts when the first person in the house becomes ill.

If you the symptoms:

  • DO NOT go to the GPs
  • DO NOT contact 111 to tell them that you're staying at home
  • Testing is not needed if you're staying at home

If you have the symptoms for longer than the time period above or you are unable to stay at home then please contact https://111.nhs.uk/ urgently.

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Bristol Services

The information for Bristol City Council services was found here, buses here and trains here (27th March).

  • Waste Services - Garden and bulky waste is suspended, household waste recycling centres closed from Monday 30th March
  • Transport - Buses will be running Saturday services mid-week from Monday 23rd March across Bristol. Trains are running a reduced service in line with government guidelines to reduce non-essential travel, the new timetable will operate from Monday 23rd March, its mostly one train per hour now
  • Schools - All schools will be closed from Friday 20th March except for children of key workers who should turn up to the school as normal on Monday. To find out more about specific schools across the city go onto the council website here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/school-closures
  • Parks - All facilities in Bristol Parks are closed from Monday 23rd March this includes: toilets; play parks and food stalls
  • Libraries - All libraries will be closed from Thursday 19th March until 1st May 2020. During this time they will not be able to accept returned books. Please do not leave them on the doorstep as they could be stolen or damaged as no one will be there to collect them
  • Museums - All museums will be closed from Wednesday 18th March until 1st May 2020. All events are cancelled until 31st May 2020
  • Register Office - The General Register Office has advised that, for now, it will carry on as normal. So as it stands all Marriages and Civil Partnerships will continue as normal
  • St Nicholas Market - Closed until further notice
  • Cafes, Restaurants and Pubs - All will be closed from Friday 20th March until further notice
  • Shops - Most will be closed from the 23rd March 2020 until further notice
  • Events  - All public events are cancelled until the end of July 
  • Football - Following the announcement from football's governing bodies all games have been postponed until 3rd April 2020
  • Rugby - Current advice from Premiership rugby is that all rugby games will be postponed for 5 weeks until the end of April
  • Day to Day - DO NOT leave the house unless its for food, health reasons or essential work

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National Infomation

Restrictions can be found here, Shops allowed to be open or closed here.

  • Do NOT leave your house unless its for food, health reasons or essential work.
  • Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Shops allowed to remain open Shops having to close for 3 weeks
Supermarkets & Food Shops Clothes Stores
Pharmacies Book Shops
Petrol Stations Electrical Stores
Newsagents Hairdressers and Barbers
Bicycle Shops Bed and Breakfast
Home and Hardware Stores Pubs
Laundrettes and Dry Cleaners Gyms
Garages Restaurants - Takeaways Still Available
Pet Shops All Places Of Worship - Except Funerals
Post Offices  
Banks  

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Liberal Democrat Campaigning Advice

Information was found on the national party website found here (24th March).

Unless there is a specific exceptional circumstance (for example, an upcoming by-election that has not been suspended), our focus should be:

  • Leading community efforts to identify and support vulnerable people, enabling people to volunteer to help others, and publicising appropriate advice and resources
  • Keeping people informed about how they can help their community, their friends, family and neighbours in the coming weeks and 
  • elected representatives using their roles to help ensure relevant public bodies are making adequate preparations to support their communities

This means:

    • NO door-to-door canvassing
    • Recommended that phoning is the best way to get in contact with residents
    • Bristol Lib Dems have decided to suspend all delivery across the city
    • Members may have concerns about transmission through paper, current health advice is that delivering items to peoples letterboxes are ok, set out in the Royal Mail statement https://www.royalmail.com/coronavirus
    • All party meetings should be moved online to software like Skype or Zoom
    • If members still want to help the party while in isolation, there are many things that can be done, communication online, home based database work etc. Please get in touch with fergus.ustianowski@bristollibdems.org if you are interested in helping out

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