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“From lunchtime Friday 11th December you can view the weekly summary about the impact of Covid-19 in Herefordshire on our website. It includes analysis of the published data on cases and deaths, as well as other statistics about numbers of tests carried out and the age profile of confirmed cases. It also incorporates other useful information, as it becomes available, about the wider impacts and vulnerabilities in the county.

The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community. Please contact us on 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form.

GP update – vaccinations
General Practice in Herefordshire is preparing to start vaccination against coronavirus in the coming days. The programme is at a very early stage with more vaccine likely to be available to us by the New Year. Though we will be administering the vaccine we know that we have this privilege as the result of the effort of thousands of people in this country and abroad. The programme will be long but the fight has begun. We must not relax our protective measures as we will need time to complete the vaccination programme to the extent that life can go back to normal.

Reducing loneliness
Living Letters is a project that connects people and develops intergenerational friendships to help prevent loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. The Chickenshed charity has volunteers aged from 18-21 who want to connect with senior members of communities. If you have care homes or group settings that may benefit from this scheme to help prevent lockdown loneliness.

Funding highlights
Learning Together – National Academy for Social Prescribing funding is designed for voluntary organisations, community and faith groups and social enterprises in England, supporting communities through COVID19.
The Local Connections Fund is for community groups to tackle loneliness i.e. book clubs, walking groups and other community projects, designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months.
Sport England Return to Play Fund has three parts which focus on supporting a safe return to play.
Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.

Restrictions on gatherings – Mixed households can only sit down together in a group of 6 in outdoor settings. As this is taking place inside the hall, mixed households are prohibited. Only those from the same household can sit together in indoor settings and they still must be 2m apart where possible. There are exceptions to restrictions on gatherings.

Use this link for Generation of QR codes for track and trace when needed for a community event

And finally – some seasonal guidance on Carol singing Door-to-door carol singing can take place in a group(s) of no more than six participants. If there are more than six people in total, each ‘group’ must not interact, ‘mingle’ or otherwise socialise. Participants should adhere to public health advice, including to ensure that you maintain at least 2m distance from anyone you do not live with and the threshold of any dwellings. Attendees should walk or cycle to the event and avoid public transport or sharing a car with anyone outside their household in line with safer travel advice. This performing arts guidance covers risk assessments.
Many local communities are getting involved in the BBC radio Hereford and Worcester singalong Doorstep carols

Please note that guidance continues to change, so it is best to check on www.gov.uk regularly.”