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 

To see the Prime Minister's latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22 September 2020 please click here

To read a copy of the latest government announcement on 22nd September on Coronavirus what has changed please click here  

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs - please click here for details. 

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 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 

To see the latest information on meeting others safely (social distancing) please click here. 

 VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable to be paused from 1st August across England - for details please click here. 

For updated information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 please click here. 

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

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

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

NHS COVID-19 App
Download the new NHS COVID-19 app from www.covid19.nhs.uk. The new app is part of the NHS Test and Trace service and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check in to venues by scanning a QR code.

It also helps the NHS trace app users who have spent time near other app users, who they may not personally know, and who later test positive for coronavirus. It does this by tracking the virus, not individuals. When you first download the app, it asks for your postcode district (in common to thousands of people) which helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. It cannot be used to identify you, track you or to check if you are self-isolating. If you have been advised by the app to self-isolate, the app provides a countdown timer so that you can keep track of how long you need to self-isolate. Please see further details here: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk./

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

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

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.  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.