Category Coronavirus

Somerset’s Public Health advise Burnham on Sea’s Businesses at Chamber meeting

Public health officials have been working with businesses in Burnham-on-Sea to give advice on how to react to a positive or suspected Covid-19 case at their premises. This comes as a second positive case has recently been identified in the town. These cases are not thought at this time to be linked. Somerset’s Public Health […]

More libraries open for order-and-collect

The phased reopening of Somerset’s libraries is continuing next week with a collection service introduced from even more buildings. Library buildings in Frome, Yeovil, Minehead and Bridgwater will open for the order-and-collect service from Monday 13 July, with members able to choose up to 10 books for collection. Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet […]

Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan available online

Somerset County Council and partners released further detail today on how they will prevent and react to localised Coronavirus outbreaks after Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan was published online. Somerset cases continue to remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Coronavirus is proving to be a disease around clusters and outbreaks. To […]

Help further improve Somerset’s streets during the coronavirus pandemic

A new interactive online mapping tool has been launched so people can have their say on temporary walking and cycling measures in Somerset. A number of temporary measures, including pedestrianised high streets, have been introduced to encourage social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and positively support the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Working in […]

Birth registrations make a phased return

Birth registrations are making a phased return in Somerset and North Somerset from today (Monday 22 June) following the gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions. The service, run by Somerset County Council, had to be put on hold in March at the start of the nationwide pandemic lockdown due to Government instructions. But now parents can […]

We’ve got it covered – boost for Somerset pupils’ great outdoor lessons

Children back in education in Somerset are enjoying an innovative and rewarding outdoor curriculum with a little help from our friends. Working with Somerset County Council, local residents, charities, businesses and partners pulled together brilliantly to help staff deliver outdoor lessons whatever the great British weather by providing gazebos and expertise. So far 65  gazebos […]

Council’s campaign spreads awareness of elder abuse

Latest figures reveal that ten per cent of older people will experience some form of abuse from those around them – with social isolation identified as one of the leading factors. In a week which includes the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and at a time when more older people are isolating due to […]

County Council provides free emergency PPE for Early Years

Free packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in emergencies will be supplied to Early Years providers in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Early Years staff use gloves and aprons in the ordinary course of their work and will continue to do so as normal. Current Government guidance is that an adult in […]

Somerset leaders urge people to take action, to minimise the spread of coronavirus

Health and care organisations from across Somerset have joined together to remind people to follow Government social distancing rules to minimise the increase of positive cases of coronavirus across communities. The warning comes as new figures show the rate of transmission of the virus – known as the “R value” for the south west has […]

Residents urged to watch out for coronavirus ‘test and trace’ scam

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service. The government system, which launched last week, is designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by quickly testing people with symptoms and either phoning, texting or emailing whoever they […]