A message from the Chairman
What a long, strange year we have had, it has been testing at times being asked to stay at home with no social contact for months on end, working from home, helping to educate children at home and adapting our lives in many other ways. However all of the hard work is now paying off with lockdown ending. Life will slowly return to some form of normality but we all need to remain vigilant and remember Hands, Face, Space. That is keep washing hands, wear masks when asked to do so and maintain social distancing (2 metres apart). It is important to have a vaccination when invited as this will help in the fight against future waves of the virus.
To repeat earlier messages, I would remind you that the Parish Council office remains closed to
the public. If you need to contact our staff please either telephone or email.
Chairman Dersingham Parish Council
A message from Cllr Stuart Dark MBE
Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Public Protection
Please see the latest coronavirus update below, compiled at the end March 2021.
We can now meet our friends and families outdoors in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size of 2 households (these can include existing support bubbles). We can take part in organised outdoor sports, childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children and formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 ( Children under 5 will not be not counted in this number).
From 1 April, the clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer have to shield. However, they should continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. It is important that they continue to keep their number of social interactions low and try to limit the amount of time they spend in settings where they are unable to maintain social distancing.
We understand that people will now be allowed to travel and to visit second homes. Clearly our beautiful coastline will be a draw for visitors over the Easter break. The Borough Council has the resources to ensure that people are being responsible and following relevant guidance, including additional resort staff and Environmental Health Officers on call. They will be ensuring that signage is in place reminding people about Hands, Face Space guidance, and will be promoting key messages on social media sites.
The figures show that 61% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose of a vaccine, compared to 52% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.
The figures also show that:
- 97% of over 80s have received their 1st dose of vaccine and 26% have received a 2nd
- 100% of 75-79 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
- 96% of 70-74 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
- 92% of 65-69 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
- 94% of 60-64 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
- 82% of 55-59 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
- 70% of 50-54 year olds have received their 1st dose of vaccine
Local symptom-free rapid-testing
This week Alive St James Swimming Pool and Fairstead Community Centre will continue to offer lateral flow tests to all residents and workers in King’s Lynn. The following week testing will be only at Fairstead Community centre. There will be no testing on Good Friday or Easter Monday. Symptom-free testing is available from 8am-4pm.
These quick tests can be taken whenever residents are out and will help break the chain of transmission of Covid-19. It’s recommended that you take these tests if you are going out to work or even heading to the supermarket. It’s quick to do and, even if you’ve had the vaccine, it’s recommended that we all do it. To book a test visit the website www.norfolk.gov.uk/rapidtesting.
Government Road Map
Here is an overview of the remaining steps in the Government Road Map.
Step 1: 29th March
Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed. The ‘stay at home’ rule will also end on 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place.
Step 2: No earlier than 12th April
Step 2 will see the opening of non-essential retail, personal care premises and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups), as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues. Self-contained accommodation can reopen, and hospitality venues can serve people outdoors.
Step 3: No earlier than 17th May
The government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances. This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply.
Step 3: No earlier than 21st June
The government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. Before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.
Borough Council service impacts
All service impacts can be found here: Borough Council coronavirus page
Links to Government and NHS Advice on Coronavirus
Government advice on what you can and can't do
The UK Government's Recovery Strategy
Government advice on what to do if you have symptoms
General Coronavirus advice from the NHS
Government advice about Coronavirus and businesses
Other useful links
Government guidance on travel
download the parking app for West Norfolk car parks
Police Connect - Advice about Coronavirus frauds and scams
Police & Crime Commissioner's website
Age UK Norfolk
Ask Lily - Advice for senior citizens
Equal Lives - Advice for those with disabilities
Shelter - Help with housing and homelessness
Norfolk Community Law Service
Norfolk Citizens Advice
Norfolk County Council Coronavirus information
West Norfolk Borough Council Coronavirus information
Public transport links
Lynx Bus information
West Norfolk community Transport
Useful Telephone Numbers
Housing Benefits - 01553 616200, Option 2
Pest Control - Millennium Pest Control on 01553 344002
The Universal Credit - Enquiry Line on 0800 328 9344
The Growth Hub - The Growth Hub from the New Anglia LEP offers free, expert advice for any business in Norfolk and Suffolk and the advisers are able to signpost employers and employees to details of the new Government support schemes. They’re a valuable additional resource. Please call them on 0300 333 6536 or email email@example.com
@newanglialep and @angliahub for tweets with links to the latest Government guidance and updates.