Useful Information

For up to date information on Coronavirus from the government, NHS and other organisations, please see the links below:

INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT 

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

To read the Prime Minister’s latest statement on coronavirus on 3rd July please click here

To see a copy of the Prime Minister's annoucement on 23rd June regarding the easing of lockdown restrictions please click here.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference on 16 June 2020 - to read it please click here

This page sets out key FAQs to inform the public and let you know what you can and can't do: .https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

For answers to the most common topics asked about by the public for the coronavirus press conference please click here.

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops - for further information please click here.

For information on Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own please click here

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 4th July - for further information click here. 

SOCIAL DISTANCING 
For information regarding the review of two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings please click here.

To see the latest government guidance on meeting people from outside of your household from 4th July please click here. 

Groups of up to six from different households can exercise outside under new rules - please click here

For the latest guidance on staying safe and social distancing until 4th July see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

VULNERABLE PEOPLE
Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6th July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced. For full details please click here

Government changes to advice for vulnerable people who have been shielding: On 31st May the government confirmed that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England can now safely spend time outdoors.Extremely vulnerable people will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household. For full details please click here 

For all Government information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For the latest guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable please click here

Central government support for those who are high risk: Central government are offering support for people who are high risk and considered to be extremely vulnerable. They can register for support from the government here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable. The central government contact number for those who are high risk is 0800 0288327.

Someone is extremely vulnerable if they:
have had a solid organ transplant
have lung cancer, and you’re getting active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy
have cancer of the blood or bone marrow, at any stage of treatment - for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
have any cancer for which you’re getting immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments
have any cancer for which you’re getting a targeted treatment which can affect the immune system - for example, protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppression drugs
have a severe respiratory condition - including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
have a rare disease or inborn error of metabolism that significantly increases your risk of infection - for example SCID or homozygous sickle cell
are getting an immunosuppression therapy that’s sufficient to significantly increase your risk of infection
are pregnant, and have a significant congenital or acquired heart disease

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Government Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp: 
The UK Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. This free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19). For further details please click here.  

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT
For the latest information on safer travel guidance please click here.  

New rules on face coverings coming in on Monday, 15th June 2020 will help keep passengers safe - please see here for details. 

New guidance has been published to ensure the transport network is safe for those who have to use it - for details please see here

WORKING
The government have launched new guidance to get people back to work safely - for further information please click here.  

For guidance on working safely during Coronavirus please click here.

POSSIBLE INFECTION
For guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection please click here

FACE MASKS
The government have said the public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.. For more information see here.  

BUSINESS
For the latest information on opening certain businesses and venues from 4th July please click here

FUNERALS
For the latest guidelines on the safe conduct on funerals please click here.  

FOOD
For the latest information on Coronavirus and food please click here.

NHS

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Think you have symptoms?
Do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital. Find out what to do if you think you have symptoms here

Information for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading is available on the Public Health England website. Find out more here

A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up data has been launched. People with potential symptoms are asked to answer a short series of questions. You can find out more here

Central & North West London, the NHS Trust who supply district nursing, mental health, occupational therapy, addiction and many other community services in Milton Keynes have updated their current guidance on service availability here: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/news/coronavirus-service-updates

You can contact the NHS for help online here. 

LOCAL INFORMATION

Milton Keynes Libraries
Your local library at Stony Stratford and all other MK Libraries are currently closed, but the Milton Keynes Libraries service is still continuing to monitor their inbox if you'd like to email them at library.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk. They are also also manning the phones from 9-5 Mon-Fri. Call them on 01908 254050 and they will be happy to help. Don't forget there are lots of online services you can use at MK Libraries, please see www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/libraries/faqs-coronavirus for details. 

Community Action MK
Community Action:MK have published a list of groups helping out in local areas - please see here

Community Action:MK are offering online support to community groups during the present crisis -. please see here.

THE PARKS TRUST

Use of the parks
Whilst some restrictions on park usage have been lifted, The Parks Trust would like to remind everyone to please stay safe in the parks and follow the latest Government guidelines. Please find their latest updates below;

 

 

From Saturday, 4th July, The Parks Trust play areas and outdoor gym equipment will reopen in accordance with Government guidelines. If you decide to use the equipment, please ensure you are following the guidance and restrictions in place.

Find out more at: https://www.theparkstrust.com/blogs/play-area-and-outdoor-gym-equipment-guidance

OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

Healthwatch Milton Keynes: https://www.healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk/news/2020-03-18/milton-keynes-and-covid-19

The Mayor of Milton Keynes has been posting updates about the impact of coronavirus on Milton Keynes on his Facebook page daily at 4pm. The material is sourced from Central Government, the Council, the Hospital, Public Health England, Age UK and the Parks Trust as well as a number of other helpful websites. You can find the updates at: https://www.facebook.com/MayorMK/

Milton Keynes Community Foundation: https://www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk/news-events/milton-keynes-community-foundation-news/2020/covid-19-update. For further details about MK Community Foundation's Covid-19 MK Emergency Respense Appeal click here.  

ALLOTMENT PLOT HOLDERS

Please see The National Allotment Society's Covid 19 Emergency Measures here. Please note that when using the allotments the lock should be cleaned before and after each use. We kindly ask that allotment holders adhere to social distancing rules.