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Lockdown Newsletter 29

21st January 2021

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. For the duration of the current lockdown, the focus will be on guidance and support. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com

We are in the Third Lockdown with review scheduled for mid-February but dependent on roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Government guidance covering reasons to leave home, permitted exercise, shopping, education and work are subject to ongoing review and re-interpretation – but the source information is at https://tinyurl.com/y6sq9ef2

Critical Workers where people cannot work from home: This includes people who work in:

· critical national infrastructure

· construction

· manufacturing

· childcare or education

· essential public services

Where it is necessary for you to work in other people’s homes eg nannies, cleaners or tradespeople, you can do so with strict protocols.

Vaccination roll-out: Letters are being issued to over-70’s to book appointment at Vaccination Hubs in Alnwick and at Centre for Life, Newcastle. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and get vaccinated locally. See Greystoke Surgery https://tinyurl.com/y3c4sgmf Wellway Surgery (Valens Group) https://tinyurl.com/y2wpc68f Gas House Lane Surgery (Well Up North Group) https://tinyurl.com/y5h42gxo Note: GP Surgeries, Hospital Outpatients, Dentists and Opticians are all open but operating with reduced staff.

Roadworks (antislip surface & replacing railings) on Curley Kews, involving traffic lights from 25th Jan for 5-15 days.

Overnight working on resurfacing at Mafeking Roundabout (road closed 22:45-06:45) for the next few nights. The Telford Bridge miniroundabout spot will also be repainted.

Weds Market and Farmers Market (Sat 6th Feb) are running though traders are choosing to attend at individual discretion. Covid19 protocol suggests just one customer per household goes to the market and encourages pre-ordering and collection from traders where possible.

Local Elections for the County Council and Town Council are due this May. NCC is sending out (on 28th Jan) letters everyone on the Electoral Roll offering postal vote registration.

Food parcels are being issued by Wansbeck Valley Food Bank (home deliveries) on referral (Wansbeckvalleyfoodbank@gmail.com) and by Stobhill Link (01670 519575) on request.

Northumberland Libraries have compiled stories, crafts, reading resources and live events to occupy you or your children https://tinyurl.com/y4chbyz5 Children’s Mental Health Week (1st – 7th Feb) https://tinyurl.com/stk9e55

Northumberland Communities Together has returned to providing lockdown support and services, locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group with Jack Gebhard as the local coordinator. If you’d like to volunteer (either as part of the WhatsApp group or on the email distribution list) please private message the Facebook Group or email jack.gebhard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk,. If you need assistance or know someone who does call the support hub on 01670 620015 or email NCT@northumberland.gov.uk NCT Website https://tinyurl.com/y3nbtzrl MCSG FB https://tinyurl.com/y53bjrc3

If you are concerned about someone’s immediate welfare call OneCall on 01670 536400 and in an emergency call 999.

Public toilets at Terrace Car Park, Carlisle Park, Sanderson Arcade and the Bus Station are all closed to the public.

NCC is delivering the Government business support grants through the Northumberland Business Hub see https://tinyurl.com/y3zdg2ks

Advance Northumberland is offering 1-to-1 advice on business support available – email covid19@advancenorthumberland.co.uk and they aim to call back within 24 hours https://tinyurl.com/y3qmoq3s North East Growth Hub Covid-19 Toolkit https://tinyurl.com/y35zzqff

Census 2021 will take place on 21st March mostly online. ONS are currently recruiting Census workers. https://www.censusjobs.co.uk