updated 9:05am,  7th April 2020

With regret we have CLOSED the Town Hall and All Saints Centre and cancelled meetings, to assist in minimizing risks to health in the present emergency.  The priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.  If you do leave home for exercise, please stay safe

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

We can be contacted in the following ways:

  • via our website: lewes-tc.gov.uk
  • via emails to info@lewes-tc.gov.uk
  • telephone messages may be left on 01273 471469 or, if urgent: telephone 07795 573503 (calls may not be answered, but messages are regularly checked)

All our Councillors and staff wish everyone the very best during this difficult time.

Some useful links:

  • Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers  (if you need help or can offer it)

Facebook Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers, or 07742 211075 or 07853 946524

Community Hub  Community hubs have opened across East Sussex to bring extra help for people who need support in coping with the effects of coronavirus.  The hubs include online forms and phone lines which anyone can contact to seek help if they are isolated, anxious or unwell at home and do not have family or friends they can call on.

Volunteers and staff from local councils and the health service will then ensure they try to get the right assistance to the people who need it most, including arranging food deliveries, medical supplies or mental health support.

Community hubs have opened in every part of the county.  The hubs are in addition to direct help which has already been arranged for people with urgent medical conditions who are being asked to shield themselves at home for 12 weeks. These people are being contacted directly by their GPs and can have food parcels delivered directly to their doors through the Sussex Resilience Forum which brings together emergency services, health services, local authorities and other partners across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

The community hubs will focus their help on people who do not have an extreme medical condition but are vulnerable because they are isolated from help, too unwell to buy food or have other pressing difficulties. The hubs will also bring together volunteers, donations and projects to co-ordinate East Sussex’s community response to the virus.

Contact details for the Lewes community hub is:

Lewes online: https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/ phone: 01273 099956 (option 1)

Lewes District Council will also post a live video Q&A on their Facebook page at 10:00am each morning.  These can be found here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/lewesdistrictcouncil

Help for those suffering dementia, or caring for someone who is: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/coronavirus

The Alzheimer’s Society can answer all your questions about dementia. They can also give you tips if dementia makes it difficult to follow NHS or government advice about coronavirus.

The Alzheimers Society have now temporarily suspended all face-to-face and group services; replacing these with more telephone support calls and new online services.

Where a person with dementia is already known to Alzheimer’s Society, they are getting in touch with a ‘welfare’ call. A trained member of staff or volunteer will call the person about their needs for support, check on their safety and wellbeing, and offer advice or signposting to other support.

Coronavirus support from Dementia Connect

 

Lewes Town Council has earmarked funds which may be available to community groups and organizations working to assist the community during the crisis.  These may be existing community groups and associations (eg foodbanks), or simply small groups of neighbours who have formed since the emergency began to help each other and others in their area.  Guidance on how to apply, and an application form are available here

Other organizations offer similar help – The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up by Sussex Community Foundation to support community and voluntary sector organisations in Sussex who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are offered to charities and community groups which are responding to the immediate crisis in the community and helping those most affected.  Please email the Grants team at grants@sussexgiving.org.uk for more information or visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/apply

The Sussex Crisis Fund is also welcoming donations – large or small – at www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/sussexcrisisfund

Attending your allotment is still permitted, provided that advice about social distancing and hygiene are followed, and gardeners should not gather in groups on site, although the advice of the National Allotment Society has recently been updated to say that: If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.  They say: “We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so.”

Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with Coronavirus should not visit the site

The National Allotment Society has published advice at:  https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Lewes Town Council urges everyone to ensure they follow government guidance on protecting themselves and their community.

Latest government advice

The advice issued by Government is updated regularly at

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  and  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have probably not been infected.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Public Health England recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

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