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Lockdown Newsletter 41

15th April 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

Government Roadmap out of Lockdown: Rules under Step 2

· non-essential retail can reopen

· personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen

· public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen

· outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only

· most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks can reopen

· some smaller outdoor events can take place

· indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise

· all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors and outdoors for all children. Parent and child groups can take place for up to 15 people

· weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people

Free twice weekly rapid Covid tests are available for all on request https://tinyurl.com/scavmv7k Step 3 of the Road Map will be from 17th May at the earliest, assuming the Four Tests are met: https://tinyurl.com/y3fbhdtz

Vaccination roll-out: All people are aged 45 or over, everyone who is clinically vulnerable, anyone who has a learning disability and all carers are now being invited for first vaccination. Invites will come from both i) to book at the large NHS Hubs (like Centre for Life) and ii) (separately and a little later, depending on vaccine supplies) from your GP Surgery. You may choose whichever is more convenient but do wait for your invite. https://tinyurl.com/3b448fzr

Morpeth Library on Manchester St is open (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-12noon) for time limited browsing and prebooked PC access. Books can be returned but fines on overdue books are currently suspended. https://tinyurl.com/e2t4s9 The Northern Poetry Collection in the Chantry remains closed for the moment.

People are encouraged to observe a one-minute silence at 3pm on Saturday to mark HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Flags should be flown at half-mast till 8am on Sunday. See guidance https://tinyurl.com/t5r96fu9

Morpeth Town Council are calling for suggestions as to what different pitch markings are needed on the new MUGA in front of the Carlisle Park Pavilion. Suggestions will carry more weight if they are from groups who can demonstrate that their choice will actually be played on.

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering YouTube Channel: Virtual Art Gallery: The top ten paintings have been chosen by public vote – now vote for the winner! Deadline 2pm Sat 17th April

Look out for your copy of “Inside Morpeth” being delivered from next week

Summer Special Taster Markets are being planned for July and August. Vote now for what markets you would like in Morpeth this summer

Vegan Market or Northumbrian Market // Sweet Treats Market or Cocktail Market // Home Décor Market or Crafts Market – voting closes 20th April https://tinyurl.com/26hj9u7w

Local Elections 6th May: Candidates for County and Town Councils have been declared and voters can vote for one county councillor and up to five town councillors in each of the three Morpeth wards. Deadline for registering to vote is 19th April and the postal ballot papers will be posted out on 23rd April.

Street Food Market on the Market Place Saturday 24th April

Lockdown support from Northumberland Communities Together and locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group For assistance, 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.

The local (Morpeth) coordinator for Communities Together is Alison Byard email alison.byard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk mob 07963 306549

Businesses can apply now for a Government Restart Grant. You could be eligible if you have business rated premises and are in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care or accommodation sectors. Details and apply https://bit.ly/3rHeLIQ