Published: 12 March 2020

Obviously we really hope that this awful outbreak does not make its way to Turners Hill but if it does we all need to be prepared to help each other by being good neighbours, as we need to be at all times anyway.

There are some simple ways that we can help and support each other. By keeping an eye on each other in practical ways can be of great benefit. Talk to your neighbour and see what you can do for each other. Does one of you have the ability to order essential items online, would that help? Do they need medicines collected? Make a large HELP sign to put in your window if needed. Should there ever be a time when the area is in quarantine we will assess the situation to determine how access to goods and equipment can be provided and we are sure that we will receive instructions from the Government on the way forward. Meanwhile we will stay calm and continue to protect ourselves as advised with good hygiene and, if anyone is showing any symptoms and is unsure of what to do, call 111 for up to date advice. Let’s all look out for our community.

We can help ourselves by following NHS and Government advice:
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.