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Guildford Borough Council – COVID 19 Statement

Guildford Borough Council – COVID 19 Statement

Leader of Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves, has issued the following statement;

‘Some of our services have now changed in light of the new guidance. To support those who can’t work from home and must travel to work, our town centre parking is open and remains free for now. For those of us who have been Spring cleaning and gardening during lockdown you can now take black bag and garden waste to one of Surrey County Council’s Community Recycling Centres. Please ensure you visit the website before you travel as measures are in place: www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres. Our bulky waste service is still operating for those bigger items. Please keep up to date with all service changes on our website.

‘One of the biggest changes to the guidance is that we can spend more time outdoors while making sure we stay two metres away from others. This is because scientific evidence shows the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside. Fresh air and exercise are so important for our physical and mental wellbeing, more so now than ever. We have now re-opened our countryside car parks and look forward to welcoming you back. Please enjoy visiting them whilst making sure you keep your distance from others, take your rubbish home and follow the Countryside Code. Our public toilets are open with social distancing measures in place and good hygiene standard’s. We consider public toilets to be an important facility for our residents and visitors to use to maintain good hand cleanliness. 

‘Our Tourist Information Centre: Visit Guildford have some great walking maps for you to follow https://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/toursandwalks or you can download the app and find some new routes. Our wonderful wildflowers are currently blossoming so please keep to paths and don’t damage them. Skylarks are currently nesting on the ground too, so be mindful and careful where you tread.

‘You can also return to ball sports and our courts are now open. Tennis bookings will start on Monday. In line with the guidance, our playgrounds, mini-golf, trim trails, skate parks and paddling pool remain closed. If you prefer to exercise indoors, our Leisure Team recommend Active Surrey’s #StayInWorkOut for fun free daily video home workout sessions www.activesurrey.com/get-started/active-at-home. Surrey’s Virtual Wellbeing hub offers support from the comfort of your home with a variety of different sessions from Coffee Mornings to Creative Writing. https://virtualwellbeing.healthysurrey.org.uk/find-a-session/ 

‘For those of us who continue to work at home in this ‘new normal’ please do keep thinking of your neighbours and remember we are more sensitive to noise and odours being safe at home. Please carry on being considerate to each other when thinking about DIY or noisy activities around the house and do check washing on lines before having BBQ’s. We recommend you do not have bonfires.

‘We continue to offer new food and support services for our borough’s vulnerable groups through our community helpline, where we have made over 11,000 phone calls over the past seven weeks offering help with food, prescriptions and someone to talk to. We’ve delivered nearly 11,000 meals-on-wheels and over 1,300 food parcels.  We are working with so many fantastic community groups across the borough – thank you to you all. We are currently also welcoming donations of children’s clothes and toys to The Hive at our Park Barn Centre and we can distribute to those who need them.

‘If you or someone you know needs this help, please register on behalf of them here: www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23881/Can-we-help-during-self-isolation-. If you have recently left hospital to come home and need help to manage your household, we can help with urgent repairs and advice from landlords on potential issues. Please call our Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476.