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Coronavirus tier restrictions explained

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The Government has divided England into three tiers, representing the risk posed by coronavirus in a certain area - medium, high and very high risk.
Each one has different restrictions to help control the virus.
Worcestershire is currently in Tier 1 or medium risk.
Whether or not Worcestershire is moved up a tier will depend on the level of infection in the county.
Worcestershire Public Health team has published a statement explaining when, how and why Worcestershire may go into Tier 2.
We can help save lives and avoid further restrictions in our area if we follow the rules.
Please do everything you can to help control the spread of this virus.

Wear face coverings outside schools

Collecting and dropping off children at the start and end of the school day can mean keeping a safe distance is hard. Worcestershire Public Health is now asking parents and carers to wear a face mask when dropping off children if it not possible to social distance.

Why self-isolating is important

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If you have symptoms of coronavirus you must self-isolate immediately and get a test.
By self-isolating, you are not only protecting your community, you are also helping all those who may become very sick if they become infected and those key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. It’s an incredibly important and effective way of slowing the spread of a disease like covid-19.
We now know that people can pass the virus on even when they don’t have symptoms. If you leave home while you could be infectious, even if you feel fine, you could pass the virus onto other people, including people who are vulnerable to very serious illness.

Have a covid-19 safe Halloween

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Halloween, like so many other events, will have to happen differently this year due to the pandemic.
The safest way to enjoy Halloween is to have a party in your bubble. There’s lots of ways to celebrate whilst doing what’s right for your family. Here’s just a few ideas:
  • Watch a scary movie together
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Decorate your home
  • Have a Halloween hunt in the back garden (think Easter but with pumpkins or treats)
  • Make Halloween themed food
  • Dress up - staying in is the new going out. Have a virtual fancy dress competition over a video messaging platform.
You could also go out for a spooky walk in your favourite Halloween costume with people in your bubble. Masks are encouraged! This year will be special as there will be a full blue hunters moon on 31 October.
Whilst on your walk you can play Worcestershire spooks safely Halloween Bingo. Whoever spots a line of spooky creatures or the whole bingo card, gets a treat from a grown up. It’s a nice alternative to trick or treating.
Worcestershire County Council has produced a spooks fun pack containing puzzles and posters to print off, colour-in and put up in your window.

Remember the fallen from home

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Residents are being urged to remember those who sacrificed their lives in two World Wars, and conflicts since, from the safety of their doorsteps.
Coronavirus cases continue to rise across our district and restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus mean remembrance events will have to take place differently this year.
Wychavon District Council has issued advice to local organisers to help them plan this year’s events which will be small, socially distanced and invite-only.
Residents are being urged to stay away from war memorials between 10.30am and 11.30am on Remembrance Sunday (November 8) and Armistice Day (11 November) when these services may be taking place.
Instead people are being urged to pay their respects by standing on their doorsteps at 11am on both days to join in the national two-minute silence.
If anyone wants to lay a wreath or poppy cross on a war memorial then they are encouraged to do so at other times to suit them between 6 and 11 November.
People are also encouraged to print off the official poppy picture from the Royal British Legion website and display it in their window, in return for a donation to the charity.
Droitwich artist Rosie Philpott has also produced some posters that can be coloured in. If you download them you are encouraged to donate to the Poppy Appeal.
Poppies can also be bought online.
Cllr Richard Morris, Armed Forces Champion for Wychavon District Council, said: "All of us want to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for us, especially as this year marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. This year we will have to do that differently as we fight an enemy of a very different kind to the one our troops faced.
"I urge everyone to print out the official poppy picture - or download one of Rosie Philpott's and colour in their own - and display them with pride. We want as many people as possible to get out on to their doorsteps at 11am, and from a safe distance, remember our fallen."