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 

Further to the Prime Minister's address on 10th May, 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.
The government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean. These will take effect on Wednesday, 13th May. This page sets out key FAQS to inform the public and let you know what you can and can't do to help you prepare for these changes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

To see the Prime Minister's address as broadcast on 10th May 2020 please click here

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

For the latest guidance on staying safe outside your home please click here

For new guidance on spending time outdoors 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

For the latest guidance on how to help safely please click here

For Coronavirus FAQs on what you can and can't do please click here

Further expansion of access to coronavirus testing helps protect the most vulnerable: Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over will now be able to get tested.- for full details 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

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.  

For the latest information on transport and travel guidance please click here.  

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

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

For guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection please click here

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.  

For the latest information on which businesses and other activities may open/remain closed please click here.

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

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

NHS

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

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 Wednesday 13th May 2020 guidance is that you may;

- spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
- exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
- use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
- At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

You cannot use an outdoor gym or playground or gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household).

You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance. You can find a map of the parks in Milton Keynes here.

If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, The Parks Trust ask that you please do not attend any of their parks and follow the government advice to self-isolate.

Please see The Parks Trust statement for more details and for details of any parks that will remain closed: https://www.theparkstrust.com/our-work/our-policies/statement-on-coronavirus/

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. Although new applications for allotments will be accepted, site viewings cannot be arranged or undertaken under the current Government guidelines. Applicants details will be kept on file and they will be contacted when viewings are once again possible.