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Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak go to the Public Health England and Cumbria County Council websites. The Cumbria County Council website has the latest information regarding schools and nurseries:
- Go to the Public Health England website
- The NHS coronavirus website
- Go to the Cumbria County Council website
- FAQs from Public Health England
The latest guidance from the government with the advice after the July 4 lockdown easing with guidance on social distancing. There is also the government announcement on face coverings in shops, and the exemptions for people who do not need to wear them.
The NHS website also has a symptom checker and what to do if you are suffering from what you think are coronavirus symptoms.
There are other ways you can stay up to date with the latest local information:
- Sign up to email updates from us
- Sign up to email alerts from Cumbria County Council
- Download the latest newsletter all partners in Cumbria are helping to produce (click on the link to the Cumbria County Council website, and open the "Allerdale" tab)
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Emergency helpline for those in high risk groups
There is a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.
- The emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966
- Or you can email your request for help to: COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk
More information and advice about coronavirus on our website
- Coronavirus: information and advice for businesses
- Coronavirus: business support grants
- Coronavirus: reopening guidance
- Coronavirus: Council Tax, benefits and financial support
- Coronavirus: community help
- Coronavirus: waste services
- Coronavirus: lockdown enforcement
- Coronavirus: shopping and visiting safely
Testing and trace measures to target coronavirus
Testing is now available for anyone over the age of five. You can find out more about the testing process from the government website.
There are testing sites available for throughout Cumbria - some are mobile sites which pop-up in places on specific days. More details are on the local NHS trust website.
The government website has more details on the test and trace measures being introduced.
Impact of the coronavirus on our services
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Our Bereavement Services has issued guidance on funeral services which takes into account the government's advice regarding coronavirus.
The government has introduced stricter measures on social distancing and what activities are allowed to continue. Funerals can continue to go ahead, however the advice is that only immediate family members should attend.
Other measures the council has introduced include:
- Family members will be contacted before the funeral usually by the funeral director, to establish if anyone is suffering from the symptoms of coronavirus or are self-isolating. Contact is likely to be made by phone to reduce the risk of infection.
- The council kindly asks that anyone who is showing symptoms or is self-isolating, should avoid attending the funeral. Whilst the council recognises this may be upsetting, it is to reduce the risk of infection to others. Older people, those with medical conditions or pregnant women, are also recommended to not attend funerals at this time.
- Families may want to consider an outdoor service at the graveside. This will reduce the risk of infection.
- Officers will keep areas as clean as possible. However, some simple steps, such as an online donation page, rather than a charity donation box, can reduce the risk of infection.
- The council is also discouraging hand shaking between ministers, celebrants, funeral directors and mourners in line with government advice.
- Mourners are also asked to observe guidance around social distancing and remain at least 2m apart.
These measures are backed by advice from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
Visits to cemetaries
The council have had reports of people using the cemeteries as an alternative to parks to get round the social distancing measures and are gathering in groups. This is not acceptable and could compromise the aims of the Government’s measures to slow the spread of the virus, and could put the workers at risk. The Government gave very clear guidance about the reasons that people can leave their homes – visiting a cemetery or crematorium other than for a funeral, and then in limited circumstances is not one of them.
There is a separate page which provides all the information you need to help with the business assistance schemes announced by the government. This includes information for takeaways.
There is also a separate page if you are eligible for one of the busines rate grants provided by the government which we are administering.
There is also a page with some advice on reopening your business safely.
Free parking for NHS staff, care workers and volunteers
With the easing of the lockdown and restrictions on travel, Allerdale Borough Council has reintroduced parking charges after they were suspended in March.
The council has been providing free parking for NHS and other key workers over the last few months to help them with the response to the pandemicg. For these staff, passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. More details on the scheme's website. This was extended in May and continued with a wide definition of “key workers” to include shop and transport workers whilst they are providing essential services to the public.
As the lockdown eases, from July 1 2020, it is no longer possible to provide free parking for all those previously considered to be key workers. However, the council will continue to provide this concession to NHS staff, care workers and volunteers assisting with the pandemic response. This will be reviewed at the end of August and all staff making use of the scheme whilst working, need to provide evidence in their vehicle from their employer or voluntary organisation to prove their eligibility.
Those eligible for free parking can make use of any of the council’s car parks, except Workington’s multi-storey car park.
Anyone with queries should contact the council’s parking services team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
When using short stay car parks users should clearly show their time of arrival, such as with a parking disc, as well as their essential worker permit. The short stay car parks are: Ladies Walk and Udale Street at Workington; Tithebarn Street, Booths at Keswick; Bell Close at Keswick; Fairfield, Sainsbury’s at Cockermouth. This is not required in the long-stay car parks.
Safety in our car parks
The council has also put in measures to reduce the risk of infection to its staff as well as the users of its car parks. This includes revised signage reminding people to:
- keep more than 2m apart from anyone not from their household
- park in alternate bays where possible
- keep hands clean
Payment machines will only accept card payments, and the council is encouraging people to use the MiPermit app to pay for parking where this is available as this means there is no need to visit a pay and display machine.
The app can be downloaded from mobile app stores and includes features such as reminders when their parking is due to expire, as well as the ability to top-up their parking time online without returning to their vehicle. The app automatically updates the system used by the enforcement team, meaning no penalty charge will be issued.
Unfortunately, the app cannot currently be used in Fairfield (Sainsburys) car park in Cockermouth or the Booths car park in Keswick due to the need to provide a ticket for repayments to the supermarkets’ customers.
It also cannot be used in the following car parks as the council manages them on behalf of others: Rawnsley Hall car park, Derwent Pencil Museum car park at Keswick, Irish Street car park and South Quay car park at Maryport on in Workington's multi-storey car park.
The multi-storey car park in Workington is now open with safety measures in place including new signage and payments by card only.
A new web page is being promoted by the LDNPA safer lakes website which encourages people travelling to the Lake District to park safely and avoid the more popular destinations.
More information on the MiPermit system is available on our website.
All meetings are currently being carried out virtually via video conference. Find out more on the meetings page.
Allerdale Borough Council’s customer contact centres in Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport and Wigton are closed until further notice to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.
The decision has been made to limit face-to-face contact in council buildings to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and council employees, and help ensure our resources are used to carry out the council's core services and the extra tasks required due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Offices will close with immediate effect for the foreseeable future, however, the decision will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
Residents in Allerdale are being encouraged to use digital methods to contact the council where possible, to avoid having to wait on the telephone. There are a range of services readily available on the authority’s website and through the myAllerdale mobile app. There is also a webchat facility on the council’s website.
The council’s website is open 24/7 and the “Report It” forms allow customers to let the council know about issues and obtain information at a time which is convenient for them.
Customers can also use the website to check their eligibility for housing and council tax benefits, make an application, as well as access their benefit and council tax account. This service is also available for landlords with tenants on housing benefit.
By downloading the myAllerdale app, customers can also have many of these services available to them in the palm of their hand. The app is compatible with Apple and Android phones, and customers should search for ‘Allerdale’ on their app store and then register for an account.
Anyone facing financial hardship or potentially being made homeless should contact the council on 0303 123 1702.
We’re also encouraging people to be neighbourly. With many people at home, issues of noise and bonfires have become a bit more of a problem. We’re asking people to respect each other and discuss any needs with their neighbours (from a social distance or online of course). We are on hand if a mutual solution can’t be found. People should ring 0303 123 1702 and speak to our environmental health team.
The council's position on events and our funding of them at the moment is as follows:
As the current advice from central government is to cancel or postpone all mass gatherings, we have taken the decision to suspend the allocation of the small festivals and events grant scheme. We appreciate that this is a difficult time but our priority is the protection of our communities and visitors. If you intend to hold your event in 2021, please let us know and we will defer your application until then.
In regards to Taste Cumbria, at this time it is impossible for us to make a decision about that event (scheduled for September). However, we have managed to produce a very successful festival within a short space of time before, so we have every intention to do the same again should it be possible. We understand the importance of these events to the businesses and people who support them and will make every effort to keep people informed with the information we have available. In the meantime, we are working on ways to support businesses where we can. More details will be available soon.
In regards of general events, in order to protect our communities we are in support of the cancellation of events and mass gatherings. We are also aware of the impact this has, and we are working very hard to try and come up with ways in which we can try and help our businesses and communities in a time of social distancing and isolation. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please contact Anna Chippendale by email.
People who are homeless – or are at risk of becoming homeless – are being reassured that the council's housing options team is continuing to do everything it can to offer support to those who need it during the coronavirus situation.
The team is working hard to continue to find suitable housing options for those who are homeless, while trying to identify people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Allerdale.
Those who require support are asked to call the housing options’ phone number 01900 702660 (or 0303 123 1702 out of hours) if possible.
Information is also available at https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/housing/homelessness/are-you-homeless/ or by emailling: email@example.com.
Urgent repairs to rented housing
Tenants and landlords are being reminded that despite the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, homes should not be left in a state where they are unsafe and needing urgent repairs.
The Government has released a number of advisory guidance documents to support and encourage landlords and tenants in adopting a pragmatic, common sense approach to issues that may arise in the current circumstances - such as boiler repairs. These can be found on the government websitehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities.
Tenants have a right to a decent, warm and safe place to live and it is the role of Allerdale Borough Council to keep housing conditions under review and take appropriate action in the event that hazards exist within the home.
These duties and powers still exist during the Covid-19 lockdown and are important to protect tenants.
Therefore the council is reminding tenants that if they are privately renting and they feel their home is dangerous and there is an imminent risk to their health, then they should contact their landlord in the first instance to get any repairs completed as soon as possible. It they are not happy with their landlord’s response, then they can contact the council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 0303 123 1702.
If they are a social housing tenant then they should contact their housing association for help and advice during this time.
To help alleviate the spread of Covid–19, the council’s housing team will only be carrying out essential visits where it is considered completely necessary and only after completing a suitable risk assessment. Officers may ask you to provide photographic or video evidence to help assess the risk.
When an inspection is unavoidable social distancing measures and other measures will be applied to help protect the tenant and council officer from infection.
The Government has also brought forward a package of measures to protect landlords and tenants affected by Covid -19. With these in force, no renter in either social or private rented accommodation will be forced out of their home. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.
Leisure centres in Allerdale will begin a phased re-opening from Saturday 25th July. Find out more about which centres are open, advanced booking requirements, and the facilities available on the GLL website.
Our markets are returning as the lockdown eases. They have already resumed in Workington (Weds and Sat) and Keswick (Thurs and Sat) and Wigton market (Friday). Silloth market returns from July 23.
A number of safety measures are in place, meaning some regular visitors will notice some changes to their normal experience. These include:
- Hand-washing/hand santiser units will be in place across the market sites while traders will also be required to provide their own hand-washing facilities
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
- Signage reminding members of the public to adhere to social distancing guidelines and encouraging frequent hand-washing will be on show
- Stalls to be spaced at least 2m apart and one-way movement to be encouraged
Markets will be running at a reduced capacity, while Workington market will be held over Pow Street and Upton Street (near its junction with Central Way).
The return of the markets has been done in consultation with town councils, traders and local councillors.
Allerdale Borough Council is erecting signage in its parks and open spaces to remind people to observe social distancing rules when out and about and keep 2m apart from those not from within their household.
The council is aware of more people using its parks and open spaces – such as Hall Park in Workington – for exercise. Whilst the council encourages people to continue to do this, it also wants to ensure people do so safely and in a way which prevents the further spread of the coronavirus.
We're pleased to say that the tennis courts in Harris Park, Cockermouth, have reopened. Guidance on how to stay safe when using them is posted on the courts.
With the easing of the lockdown from the 4 July, our playparks are now open to the public. Please follow the information on the signage in the parks to help everyone stay safe.
This applies to the following play areas:
- Hunter’s Drive, Seaton
- Recreation Ground, Flimby
- Camp Road, Maryport
- Ennerdale Road, Maryport
- Bellbrigg Lonning, Cockermouth
- Harris Park, Cockermouth
- Horse Close Skate Park, Hall Park, Workington
If a play area does not appear in the list, it is not owned or managed by Allerdale Borough Council and is likely to be the responsibility of your local town or parish council or alternatively a housing association.
Our parks and open spaces remain open for exercise, but we expect users to behave responsibly in line with government directives, in particular those around social distancing.
We are gradually reopening our toilets from 15 June 2020. Facilities may be reduced in number to allow people to use them safely.
This page sets out changes to Hackney carriage/private hire vehicle licensing requirements due to Coronavirus
See the Visit Allerdale page for the latest on what to do, safely, in Allerdale.
Allerdale remains a fantastic visitor destination and we look forward to welcoming more visitors in the future when the advice from Government changes. In the meantime, we encourage you to ‘virtually’ experience some of the great attractions and locations in Allerdale by viewing our 360 degree videos.
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