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HAVE A LOOK AT THE QUIZ GROUP PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! RON HAS POSTED A MUSIC QUIZ - NO PRIZES BUT LOTS OF FUN! ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED NEXT WEEKEND AND RON PROPOSES TO ADD A NEW QUIZ EVERY TWO WEEKS
Dear SDU3A Members
As the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic begin to impact on life in the UK, it is highly likely that our interest groups and monthly Update meetings will also be affected.
Please keep checking back here as we will endeavour to post information about postponements and cancellations as soon as we become aware of them.
Watch out also in your email inbox for any direct communications from your Group Leaders.
On behalf of SDU3A Committee, I send our very best wishes to all our members. Please use the contact buttons to get in touch it f you have any concerns or queries
This was passed onto me by Rosemary Nicholls.
It may be useful but I hope you never have to use it
DO YOU LIVE ALONE? HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT YOU WOULD DO IN AN EMERGENCY?
I do and I have.
A little while ago I discussed these issues with a friend and we came up with some solutions.
First - ensure that you have someone nearby whom you can call in an emergency. That person must have access to your home - a key and the burglar alarm code (if there is one).
Second - have an emergency hospital bag packed and ready at all times. Show the key holder where it is kept.
The bag should contain:
Toilet bag with soap, toothpaste and toothbrush
A list of prescribed medications
A note of the name and contact number of the next of kin
Bottle of water - only to be consumed with permission as you may be nil by mouth
It is also helpful to let the key holder know where the medication is kept - as this can be added to the bag.
I did all this and at the end of last year it was put to the test. I was taken ill, called my friends who came immediately and dialled 999.
When the paramedics arrived they said I would have to go to hospital and it might be a good idea to pack a bag. My friend showed what was in place and they were impressed!
The system worked well. It reduced the stress in a stressful situation and I would recommend it to anyone living on their own with no immediate family nearby.
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS YOU COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS
PLEASE STAY SAFE AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the Government has introduced three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces.
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures came into effect on Monday 23 March. The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
1. Staying at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
• shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
• one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
• any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.
The Government has also identified a number of critical workers whose children can still go to school or their childcare provider. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work - if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.
Critical workers and parents of vulnerable children may leave the house to take children to and from school or their childcare provider.
2. Closing non-essential shops and public spaces
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:
• pubs, cinemas and theatres.
• all retail stores selling non-essential goods - this includes clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
• libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
• indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
• communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
• places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
• hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use, excluding permanent residents, key workers and those providing emergency accommodation, for example for the homeless.
More detailed information and exemptions can be found here, including the list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Other businesses can remain open and their employees can travel to work, provided they cannot work from home.
3. Stopping public gatherings
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
• where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
• where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This excludes funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
4. Going to work
As set out in the section on staying at home, people can travel to and from work, but only where the work they do absolutely cannot be done from home.
With the exception of the organisations covered above in the section on closing non-essential shops and public spaces, the Government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.
If you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work, provided you are well and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms. Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a 2 metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
As set out in the section on closing non-essential shops and public spaces, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. The Government has set out guidance on which organisations this requirement covers. Advice for employees of these organisations on employment and financial support is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
At all times, workers should follow the guidance on self-isolation if they or anyone in their household shows symptoms.
5. Delivering these new measures
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
Some items that may be of interest
.1. National U3A has lots of information about not only the coronavirus but about online activities during the self-isolation period. They strongly encourage all U3A members with internet access to sign up to the U3A newsletter. Type u3a.org.uk/newsletter into your search engine and a page will come up with required fields to fill in which will register you. This will give you access to back editions of the newsletter and you will receive electronic copies of all future newsletters.
2. Attached are some more details about the national U3A shared learning project.
3. Ron Elliot has posted a music quiz on the Quiz group page on the SDU3A website. Answers next weekend and a new quiz is promised fortnightly.
4. I have created a new group on the SDU3A website called ‘distance crafting’ this features some suggestions for collaborative crafting – some suggestions to create craft pieces that come together as a whole when we can all meet up again.
This next section is information sent in from group leaders and members – bits of information that you might find useful. Thanks this time to David Lowe, Lynne Sharp and Louise.
• The ‘Egg Man’ on Redcar and Guisborough markets will deliver – his number is 07703134248
• O’Grady’s pub in Redcar has a meal delivery service – 01642 477624
• Scott Street Chippy in Redcar delivers – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11.30 – 13.30 and 16.30 – 19.30, Saturdays 11.30 – 13.30.
• There seems to be increasing evidence that the virus can stay on hard surfaces for several hours – we need to think about the things we touch outside without thinking – hand pumps at petrol stations and shopping trolley handles and basket handles in stores.
• Redcar and Cleveland Library service will allow access to online borrowing of books. Phones are still being manned – you will need your membership number and a pin – both can be given to you but it might help if you have your library card handy.
• David Lowe is going to be trialling on-line backgammon and will report back as to its success.
5. The BBC is posting lots of history documentaries on BBC iplayer which can be accessed through your computer, tablet and I believe some TV’s. BBC is also increasing items on its bitesize programmes – aimed principally at school children but I have often found them very interesting when I have stumbled upon them by accident in the past.
Best wishes to all