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Pebmarsh, Little Maplestead and Great Maplestead Parish Councils

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You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. At a time like this the parish councils of Pebmarsh, Little Maplestead and Great Maplestead collectively encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your family and those in our communities safe, particularly the self-isolated and vulnerable. Over the next few months, we may all need some help and support at different times. This situation is very fluid so please keep yourselves up to date through TV, radio, internet, newspapers, friends and family.


If you can help your neighbours and friends when they are not able to go out – exchange telephone numbers and email addresses now. Most of our villages have set up support networks for those self-isolating and the vulnerable groups so please contact your nearest.


If you can help deliver supplies to those self-isolating at home then please let them know and consider volunteering for your local support group. Below you will find a leaflet / card you can print and fill out then post through your neighbour’s door offering your assistance as and when they may need it.


Please let people know if you want to help. Please don’t wait to be asked.


For further information you may find these websites helpful: 


Events are moving very fast, so as all come to terms as to how best to handle the situation inline with their own circumstances, please keep yourselves up to date through the radio, television, internet, family and friends for the latest news and advice.


Your local store and or farm shop are currently well stocked with plenty of provisions and best placed to replenish provisions or shop for your neighbours, some are now offering a delivery service to those self-isolating and or in the vulnerable groups.

Joint Parish Council Statement

Please see below for the current, as at 24 March 2020, advice from NHS as well as websites and telephone numbers which may be helpful for you. This information is being continuously updated please always check the Government and NHS websites.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home


These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

How to stop infection spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Looking after your health and wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

For more advice, see:

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Pregnancy advice

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.


Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.


Thank you from all the parish councils to everyone able to help others for their community spirit and if you want to speak to someone please do not hesitate to contact anyone of your parish councillors who will be pleased to help as best they can.

Stay safe.