Continue to stay at home except for specified reasons.
You can go to any shops permitted to be open eg. for food,
medicine, or to collect goods ordered.
Exercise permitted more than once a day.
Travel for exercise permitted.
Some sports allowed within household group, or with one other
person 2m away;.
Meeting one other person from another household to be allowed
(but only outdoors and keep 2m apart). [but see update
29 May below]
It is still not permitted to visit friends or family in their
Return to the workplace if you cannot work from home -
employers need to make workplaces safe.
Avoid public transport, observe social distancing if you use
Face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces where
physical distancing is difficult.
Schools in England to reopen for some primary pupils at the
earliest on 1 June.
Restaurants and cafes to remain closed until at least July.
Anyone with symptoms to stay at home, members of same
household to stay confined for specified periods.
Quarantine for arrivals from abroad "soon".
(Update - 25 May)
outdoor markets and car showrooms are expected to reopen from
other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes,
shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors,
auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be
expected to be able to reopen from 15 June, providing progress
continues to be amde, and on the basis that appropriate safety
procedures are put in place;
hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality
sector, will remain closed.
Up to six friends or relatives will be able to gather in parks
and gardens from Monday, with separate households two metres
Dentists can open from 8 June.
(Update - 31 May)
Vulnerable individuals who have been shielding people will now
be able to go outside either with members of their household or
to meet someone from another household.
(Update - 4 June)
From 15 June, wearing of face mask/covering on public
transport is compulsory.
(Update - 10 June)
From 13 June, you will be able to:
Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live
alone or are a single parent with dependent children - in other
words, you are in a household where there is only one adult. All
those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in
the same household - meaning they can spend time together inside
each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart.
Support bubbles should be exclusive - meaning you should not
switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with
Attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual
you can meet in groups of up to two households in any location - your support bubble counts as a household;
you can meet outside in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines;
you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household;
additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open;
it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law and unless all members of the group are exclusively from two households
You should not:
gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub;
gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households;
interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship;
hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing;
stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household).
From 4 July the following businesses are permitted to open, subject to them following Covid-19 Secure Guidelines:
hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses;
places of worship, libraries, community centres;
restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside;
hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses;
cinemas, theatres, concert halls, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, outdoor gyms and playgrounds;
museums and galleries, bingo halls, outdoor skating rinks, amusement arcades and other entertainment centres, model villages;
indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction;
indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks.
Vulnerable individuals (including people 70 and over, those with certain underlying conditions and pregnant women) can meet people outdoors and, from 4 July, indoors, but they and their visitors should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.
From 6 July, the government will be advising the following re extremely vulnerable people who are shielding:
you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
For those who need to self-isolate, we would like to offer
practical help such as getting supplies for you. To use
this service please telephone Doug on 470609 and he will
endeavour to allocate a helper to you. In the
unlikely event he is unavailable please contact another
councillor or the clerk on the numbers below.
In order to run this service, we need those who are not
self-isolating to come forward with the services they are able
to provide. This might be shopping, or, if you already have
groceries delivered, adding someone else’s orders to
yours. Any offers of help can be emailed to Doug on: email@example.com.
Chairman, Priston Parish Council
(Update 24 March) - Report from Priston Parish Council (Doug Pattison)
To make sure that no-one "falls through the cracks" the Parish
Council has formed a small "Coronavirus Action Team - Priston", or
CAT-P, to direct help where it is needed. We have called for
volunteers who would be willing to help others in the village, and
received over 20 offers to help with shopping, delivering, dog
walking, and "almost anything". We also have lists of those we
believe may be in need of help. Where appropriate, volunteers have
been asked to keep in touch with our vulnerable people.
Think of all those willing helpers! If you are classed as vulnerable
for any reason, DO ask for help for shopping, whatever - just give
me a call.
In order for us to be the most use to you in the current situation
we are moving to a ready-meals delivery service. Hopefully this will
help while mitigating risks for everyone.
Please visit the Eveleighs' website for full details and to register
your interest or order - this is really important as we manage
Newton Farm Foods
Newton Farm Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm.
They are taking precautions (limiting numbers in the shop, all
non-essential items removed so more space, strict distancing rules,
sanitising etc.). An Order & Collect service has been
introduced - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton Farm Foods has introduced a local delivery service for food
items and frozen ready-meals initially for the over 70's
and the vulnerable:
order by 2.30pm on a Wednesday, for delivery on a Friday;
Tunley Farm Butchers provide a range of milk, meat and deli
foods. They deliver free to Priston (minimum order £30). They
hope to shortly extend the range to include vegetables. They
aim to deliver within 3 working days. For details visit http://www.tunleyfarmbutchers.co.uk/
Steve Grant receives regular consignments of eggs.
If you’re interested please message him on 07900 905556
(Trays of 30 eggs - £4; cash only and the right amount please.
Collection from 2 Hill View, Priston)
Simple Cow of Chilcompton have agreed to deliver to Priston.
Note this is a door step refill service, so for your first order you
need to order empty glass bottles in addition to the quantity of
milk you require. You then clean the bottles and put them out
to be refilled for the next delivery.
Delivery days: Tuesday only.
Time Delivered: Simple Cow are extremely busy,
as you can imagine, so delivery time is likely to be around
(In normal times they would aim to deliver by 8am).
Hygiene: They are taking great care, with sanitised
Additional food options
Click on the links below for additional food options:
For anyone in need of food & looking for an alternative to going
into the shops during the pandemic, you may wish to have a look at
the 3SG Sustainable Food Partnership which has a list of local
businesses offering food delivery: https://www.3sg.org.uk/pages/sustainable-food-partnership
St Luke & St Andrew's Church:
Life Goes On!
Dear Priston Church Friends ,
Sorry to contact you by email, but for many this is the easiest way
of meeting in our present emergency. As you will have heard on the
news or read, The Archbishops and our own Bishops Peter and Ruth
have made the difficult decision to curtail public worship until
further notice, so there will be no Sunday services at St Luke &
St Andrew's Church until that time. This is obviously very
saddening. But although we cannot meet together in the usual way,
the Church goes on and it presents us with the opportunity to use
different resources and to seek to serve our communities with the
love of God.
Some practical points:
I am available 24/7 on the phone or email if you are
self-isolating and want to talk or pray.
If you are needing help, please contact the village scheme for
the self-isolating. See above..
There will be news, prayers, online sermons and other helpful
material on the Priston Facebook page for you to access. If you
have not used this before, this could be the time.
The celebration of Easter this year will be very different, but I am
hoping there are some ways we can share and celebrate together if
Priston Church and village are a strong community and historically
our church has been through difficult days before. In all of this we
know that Christ is with us in his promise 'I am with you always'
and that where even only two or three are gathered together, he is
there in our midst.
(note - some references to the church being open have been deleted
from the original message)
Update 24 March
Sadly, due to govt. and church restrictions Priston Church will
not be open until further notice. Information, prayers and
meditations will appear from time to time on the village Facebook
pages. If you would like prayer please ring Martin on 472448 or
Simon on 479817. Peace be with you.
Message from Neil Butters, Ward Councillor 25 Match
Please note that as of 25 March all Council car parking charges - on
and off street - have been suspended. [Note - now resumed.]
This is essentially to help key workers, given especially the
withdrawal of the Odd Down and Newbridge park and ride services.
Garden waste collections have been suspended. [Note -
now resumed.] Refuse and recycling service is under
pressure and collections could be missed. If so, it is unlikely that
special trips will be made and we will all have to wait until the
next scheduled collection. Nonetheless, I will try to keep you
informed of problems. Please do however let me know of any issues
directly if you wish to.
Update 6 April
URGENT Info re Cash grants for businesses
We have received £46m grant for the cash grants to small businesses.
We are inviting applications to the fund and received 1000 in the
first 48 hours. However there are 4000 eligible businesses in
B&NES so 75% have not yet applied. The Government created some
confusion initially because they said it was not necessary to apply
and that local councils would contact the businesses. This proved
impossible because contact details such as phone and email addresses
were not held for all businesses. Please use your networks to
encourage businesses to contact the council using the online form at
Any underspend will be returned to the Treasury. Any overspend can
be claimed so no-one eligible should lose out. All businesses
trading on the 11th March are eligible.
B&NES Discretionary Fund - 2nd Round
Charities and small or micro businesses across Bath & North East Somerset affected by COVID-19 but which were outside the scope of the first round of Government funding can now apply for a discretionary grant.
Registration opens on June 29 for applications, which must be received by 13 July.
free video-conferencing means you can communicate as a family
or with a group of friends even though you are at a distance -
you could even try out a virtual pub or coffee morning!
Popular services include:
Google Hangouts - max 10 participants,
Google account required (this doesn't mean you need to use