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Coronavirus updates

Please note that this article is being updated as and when we get new information of relevance. 

For those confident using the internet, self isolation needn’t be so isolating. There is lots of advice and information online about coronavirus but it is important to check that the information is from reputable sources. We have listed some below.

Update on Household Recycling Centres – 4th May 2020 – Household recycling centres will be reopened across Shropshire from Tuesday 5 May 2020 for essential use only – but with strict rules in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff. Find out more here – https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish/household-recycling-centres/

Shropshire Council has issued guidance about access to public rights of way during the ‘lockdown’, which is especially relevant to Pant and the surrounding area which would usually see an influx of walkers, cyclists and horse riders at this time of year.

The Government’s priority is to save lives, and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the Government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

As such, the Public Rights of Way network in Shropshire remains open to allow people to exercise and get some fresh air during these difficult times. However, people are asked to use the network responsibly to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The National Farmers Union and the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) have told us that some landowners are still concerned about increased use of Public Rights of Way on their property, increasing the risk to livestock, such as instances of gates being left open and dogs not being controlled.

When exercising their right of way, the public should be mindful that some Public Rights of Way pass through residential properties and/or working farms. Local farmers have no choice but to continue working to provide food to feed the nation, look after their animals and tend their crops.

In Pant, a group has been created, using Facebook as an initial means of contact, to match those aged 70+, pregnant, or immune-suppressed, who may be in need of help during self-isolation, with those willing to help.

The group will be posting updates at – https://www.facebook.com/groups/621551288688891

Says Richard Banks who set the group up: “The group has now recruited volunteers and the village has been divided up into areas of about 50 houses each. Each of these areas has been allocated to a volunteer, who will be distributing flyers over the weekend, which include contact details (21/22 March).”

Other medical conditions. The NHS is obviously very busy currently and the information about coronavirus is intended to keep as many people out of the health system as possible unless they need it.

Even though these are exceptional times, and routine operations and out patient appointments have been cancelled, there is still help out there for non-coronavirus issues.

The advice from the NHS is that if you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

** For health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
** For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
** For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

The Minor Injuries Unit in Welshpool has made temporary changes to keep patients and staff safe.

All Minor Injury Units in Powys are currently APPOINTMENT ONLY services. Please call before your visit on 01938 558900 (Welshpool).

Pant Post Office

Gareth Owen from McColls in Pant has offered that if anyone is struggling to get any items from the supermarket or even struggling to get to the supermarket at all, they can give the shop a call and they will do their best to help out with any basic things needed. The number for the shop is 01691 839926.

The shop is now open from 7 am-8 pm and has a TWO customers in the shop at any time policy to minimise contact.

Meanwhile, the Cross Guns Inn in Pant is offering a take away menu between Monday and Saturday – 12 noon – 8.30 pm. Visit their Facebook page for the menu or give them a call. All dishes are cooked to order, so please give as much notice as possible.

Pant Memorial Hall has announced that from Monday, 23rd March the hall is closed. No bookings are being taken until further notice.

The committee has also said that they will keep the external flower displays looking their best and will continue to look after the hall, our community building during the quiet period..

Llanymynech & Pant Parish Council meetings have been suspended for the time being due to the current COVID-19 crisis. You can still email the Clerk on landpcouncil@btinternet.com, if you want to raise any items for the future.

Lynda from Llynclys Hall Farm Shop has confirmed that they are open daily from 8am to 6pm.

We have also been informed that there will be no worship services at St Agatha’s, Llanymynech or St Philip & St James, Morton until further notice.

The churches aim to be open for private prayer each day. However, those entering the church are asked to take heed of Government advice on hand washing. For all updates please visit Facebook – Border Group of Parishes.

At Pant Methodist Chapel, we have been informed that there will be no more cafes until further notice and the Chapel building will be open for private prayer on Sundays between 10 am and 12 noon.

Traveline Cymru has announced a new temporary timetable came into effect on 23 March for the T12 bus that serves the village. Click here for the new timetable.

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
WHO: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
Shropshire Council: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/coronavirus

If you need any help or have any questions, please do get in touch or leave a comment below.

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