With tiers being toughened and a possible lockdown looming, you could be forgiven for thinking that 2021 is already beginning to feel a lot like an extension to 2020…even though it hasn’t begun yet.
The announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock today doesn’t currently change anything in Hart though, with our Tier 4 status remaining in place and the rumoured Tier 5 nowhere in sight (yet!)…for that we can be thankful at least. However, with some surrounding areas showing rapidly increasing cases of covid and with the UK recording 981 deaths in the past 24 hours (the highest number since April), how much longer that will remain true is yet to be seen.
Below: Latest Covid Figures from Hart and Rushmoor
Below: The latest Tier changes, as 3/4 of the population are now in Tier 4
There has also been a lot of speculation in regards to keeping schools open, especially as the new strain of covid is believed to spread much easier amongst younger people. This is a subject dividing a lot of you though, with some believing schools should stay open throughout the pandemic, while others feel there should be a short term closure until more vaccines have been rolled out. There has even been a petition started to close schools in Tier 4 areas, which already has over 110,000 signatures.
The latest news on this came from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson today as he announced that the majority of primary schools will still return on Monday 4th January, with only those in the very highest rated covid area seeing an exception. Secondary age and college students will see a staggered return to education, with exam year pupils returning on January 11th and all other secondary students delayed until January 18th.
WHEN WILL YOU GET THE VACCINE?
With the covid vaccines being seen as the great light at the end of the 2020/21 tunnel, many are now asking…when will I get it? With two doses needed, the government have now decided to prioritise the first dose, which will hopefully mean more people can get the first vaccine faster than previous estimations.
For more details about how far down the line you are and to get an idea when you are due the jab, check out this handy Covid Vaccine Queue Calculator.
Below: The UK Government’s nine point priority list for those receiving the vaccine:
HELPING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS
In such a tough year, For Fleets Sake has offered its support to businesses of all sizes in Fleet by adding a Fleet Business Directory to the website, allowing local business to reach out to local residents. It’s been quite a task to get this up and running so quickly but there are already 160 businesses listed on the site and more are being added all the time. All local Fleet businesses are welcome to come and join the Directory, showcasing your company and letting local people know if you are open, closed, or offering a limited service during covid restrictions. Help us help you, add your business now – and make sure your name comes up when people search for local suppliers, services and shops. We hope you find this a helpful local resource, especially as it grows over time.
The website also offers all the latest Public Health bulletins from Hampshire County Council along with local news, information and helpful contacts on our Covid-19 Help and Information page, so you always know where to look if you need help. If there’s anything else you’d like to share or see on FFS then please do get in touch.
Stay safe Fleet x
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