We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities.

Simple and effective things like regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds can help stop the spread and also protect you and your community.

Check out the links below for tips, advice and to keep yourself up to date:

Businesses and Premises to Close

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, staying at home and away from others, and asked that schools only remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

 

Read more: Businesses and Premises to Close

Gas Emergencies

Cadent are still attending reports of potential gas emergencies as business as usual and will continue to do so throughout COVID-19.

Cadent engineers are fully equipped with personal protective equipment to protect communities and themselves against the virus and steps have been taken to reduce any risk of spreading the virus.

For more information please refer to https://cadentgas.com/coronavirus

Please let others know about this to ensure they are not ignoring a potential safety issue as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 scammers

MEMBERS of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) are warning people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be vigilant against scammers who are taking advantage of Covid-19.   

As Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the world, various reports have emerged about fraudsters seizing the opportunity to defraud.

In the UK, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has reported that victims have lost over £800k to scams relating to the coronavirus since February 2020.

Read more: COVID-19 scammers

Distraction Burglary linked to COVID-19

 In these odd times the criminal mind has seen a opportunity to cash in. Basically, people are impersonating Police Officers, Welfare workers etc., in order to gain entry to people homes and steal items. Some allege to offer free Covid 19 tests ??  

This, put simply, is distraction burglary.  This crime trend has not occurred in our area, but I wanted to make you all aware. As usual these people are targetting the elderly, as this generation tends to be the most trusting.  

So if you should have family members of a certain age, or you are retired yourself, please keep this in mind.

Jonathan Hall (Police, PCSO, Cambridgeshire)

Neighbourhood Watch and COVID-19

18th March 2020

Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales have been responding rapidly to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis making a positive impact within their local communities. The Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch Network has been receiving many good stories as well as requests for support and guidance.

This is a challenging time for all of us - health, safety and wellbeing must be our top priorities and at the heart of every decision we make. It’s critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and we are diligently following guidance and best practices from the NHS and PHE. Many of our volunteers and supporters are in the age groups at higher risk from Covid-19 and may also have other conditions that increase their vulnerability. The most important actions we can all can take is to do everything we can to avoid becoming ill and placing further pressure on the NHS and other emergency services.

Read more: Neighbourhood Watch and COVID-19