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Corona update from HCC 20th March

Local context

Support to Members

A dedicated email address is now available for County Council Members to raise queries relating to COVID-19 - coronavirus.memberqueries@hants.gov.uk

Hampshire's education provision

Following Government guidance, the County Council wrote to all mainstream schools, special schools and pupil referral units asking that from Monday, all schools run an emergency service for vulnerable children and children of Key Workers. Whilst the Government has sought to clarify these categories, the County Council and Headteachers may apply further discretion.

Schools will be provided with a list of vulnerable children and home to school transport will continue to be provided for eligible pupils. Guidance on maintaining a skeleton service during the Easter holidays will follow. Schools are being encouraged to think creatively about ‘what school means’ for pupils continuing to attend – and to maximise online resources for those remaining at home.

School crossing patrols

Hampshire County Council is suspending its school crossing patrol service on Monday until further notice. This decision has been informed by the number of crossing patrol officers who are in the vulnerable groups, and the need to adhere to advice regarding social distancing and self-isolation. As such, it would not be possible to maintain a full service in this respect.

Countryside sites

The restaurants and cafes at the County Council’s country parks will be closing temporarily from Saturday 21 March, but the open spaces will remain open - with all parking charges waived.

Libraries

All County Council-run libraries will be closed from 21 March until further notice. This is to help delay the spread of the disease and to protect staff and residents.

For the next 12 weeks:

Reservations and inter-library loans are unavailable; Fees for items which are overdue are frozen.

In addition, the service is looking at ways to ensure that residents can remain in contact with the Service. More details will be provided about these arrangements, as soon as possible.

The press release can be found here.

Home care visits

In line with Government guidance, the County Council asked individuals visiting families in care homes to ensure they are not unwell or living with anyone who is unwell, practise good hand washing and to meet in residents’ private rooms. These precautions will enable families to keep in contact – important to maintaining wellbeing. The County Council will continue to keep its Care Home Visiting Policy under review.

Support to business

The SOLENT LEP has launched a Coronavirus Support Hub signposting businesses across the Solent region to support and advice.

Additional links

Hampshire County Council webpages on coronavirus (including links to press releases): https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus

Latest information on coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS information on coronavirus:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Q&A from Public Health England on coronavirus: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Guidance for local government:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government

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