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East Riding of Yorkshire Council –

COVID-19 Tier Announcement


Residents of the East Riding are being urged to follow new COVID-19 safety guidance from next Wednesday (2 December) with the news that the area will move into Tier 3 (Very High) when the national restrictions end.

The Government has today announced that the East Riding, along with Hull and many other nearby areas, will all be in the highest of the three-level restrictions system.

Ministers have made decisions on which areas are in which tiers based on factors such as how quickly infection rates are rising or falling, the ratio of positive tests and the current and projected pressure on the NHS.


Some of the key aspects of Tier 3 restrictions are:

No mixing of different households indoors or outdoors, including hospitality venues and private gardens.

The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces, such as parks.

Pubs and restaurants closed, except for take-away and delivery services.

Indoor entertainment venues closed.
Accommodation, such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses, must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

Guidance against travelling in and out of Tier 3 areas.
Personal care, such as hairdressing, is allowed.

The tier restrictions will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday, 2 December (00.01). Until then, the national restrictions will remain in place. The Government has said it will review tier allocations by 16 December.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said the authority would continue to do everything it can to keep supporting local people and businesses through the pandemic.

He said: “This has been such a long battle against COVID-19 since March and we have seen a number of different phases of restrictions on our daily lives but I’m confident the people of the East Riding will again respond with the right attitude and a determination to do the right thing.

“The vast majority of our residents and businesses have been fantastic in their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and in supporting each other through this pandemic. We’re asking you now to keep responding positively as we move into this new phase and to do what is being asked of you so that we can return to some kind of normality as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

“We know some residents, along with business owners, managers and workers, will be frustrated with this news and we know there will be understandable concern about the situation but we will continue to do all we can to protect and support our most vulnerable residents, to suppress the spread of this virus and to save lives.

“While dealing with the huge challenges COVID-19 presents, we will also do our utmost to continue to provide essential services to our local communities and we’re again asking you to keep demonstrating that brilliant #TogetherEastRiding public spirit to get through this.”

Councillor Burton said the council would keep helping residents and businesses with a range of support and advice, from financial aid to health and wellbeing services.

He also said: “There are reasons for optimism. More is now known about COVID-19 than at the start of the pandemic and good progress continues to be made in terms of vaccine development and the use of therapeutics to aid in treatment.

“With these developments and our continued determination to get through this together, I’m confident that the light at the end of the tunnel will shine on an East Riding which is a fantastic and safe place to live, work, shop, learn, play, invest and visit.”

Andy Kingdom, director of public health for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, urged residents to keep following the council’s 3 Steps To Safety: Prevent. Notice. Act.

He said: “Handwashing, respecting social distance, ventilating inside spaces and wearing face coverings, unless you are exempt, are simple but extremely effective ways people can help to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Equally important are always noticing when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and immediately acting by self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible.

“If people do these basic things correctly, then they can suppress the spread of the virus and not only protect themselves but protect their loved ones and ultimately save lives.”

Further information about the Tier 3 restrictions and what you can and cannot do, along with advice about helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what support is available to residents and businesses, is available at www.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – either a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you should self-isolate immediately and then request a test as soon as possible at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

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Patient safety our priority as visiting restrictions

come back into force


Visiting restrictions and additional safety controls are being introduced at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital from this weekend as cases of Covid-19 rise in the city.

As Hull and East Yorkshire move into Tier 2, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is asking the public to help prevent the virus spreading to sick and vulnerable patients.

Only one nominated visitor will be allowed to spend up to one hour a day with their loved one and wards looking after patients with Covid-19 will be closed to visitors.


New safety controls will be in place at main hospital entrances to check all visitors are free of Covid-19 symptoms, have a valid reason to be there, are wearing masks, using alcohol hand gels and are following social distancing at all times.

Chief Executive Chris Long said: “These are not steps we take lightly but Covid-19 poses a deadly threat to the lives of our patients, many of whom are already very seriously ill and vulnerable.

“We must do everything we can to protect not just our patients but our staff too, so they are able to come to work to look after the people who need them.

“We have been open and frank about the doubling of cases we’ve seen since last week and we thank you for your support and understanding as we do everything we can to keep your loved ones safe.”

Like other hospitals in England, Hull’s hospitals halted visiting during the national lockdown in March. Some restrictions were then eased at the end of the first wave, allowing family members in the same bubble to visit relatives where possible.
However, Hull and the East Riding has been deemed “high” risk areas, with restrictions on home visiting, operating hours for pubs and restaurants and visits to care home among the tightened measures to be introduced from a minute past midnight on Saturday to slow the spread of the virus.

From then, just one family member will be allowed to visit a relative on a non-Covid ward and they must be from the same support bubble. The designated visitor must remain the same throughout the patient’s stay in hospital and cannot be swapped between different family members.

Visiting is restricted to up to one hour a day and the time slot must be agreed in advance with the ward sister to prevent crowding in lift lobbies or ward entrances and limit contact between members of the public.

People with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 will not be able to receive visitors for the time being.

The trust is looking at using technology to help families keep in touch with relatives on wards until normal visiting can be reintroduced.

As before, all visitors or those attending appointments must wear a face covering as soon as they enter our hospitals and keep it on throughout their visit. They must wash their hands as soon as they enter the ward and again as they are leaving.
Only patients attending outpatient appointments or requiring the Emergency Department will be admitted apart from those with registered carers.

Safety controls will be in place at main entrances including Hull Royal Infirmary’s tower block entrance, Women and Children’s Hospital and the Eye Hospital and at the Queen’s Centre, the Cardiology Unit and the Centenary Centre, all Castle Hill, to ensure people are following social distancing, wearing masks, are using hand gel or hand washing facilities and have a reason to be inside the building.

Visiting guidelines for parents of patients on children’s wards, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and for maternity services at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital are currently under review in light of the change in risk level, with any changes to be announced next week.

Mr Long said: “We understand the psychological impact of not having visitors, not just on our patients but on their loved ones too.

“But we must balance that with the need to do everything we can to protect as many people as possible while ensuring our services can continue to help those most in need during the pandemic.

“We will keep these new measures under constant review and when we believe it is safe to lift any restriction, we will act swiftly. Similarly, we will not hesitate to introduce further restrictions if the risk to our staff and patients increases further.”

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Covid 19 Testing information, and links to referral portals


In the fast moving situation regarding Covid 19 and  the related testing eligibility, we in the Covid 19 Testing cell wish to share the following information with you as an employer.  We also want to make you aware of the links which can be used to access either the Employers Referral Portal or the Self-Referral Portal in relation to staff being able to get access to one of the testing routes. The following links gives all information around eligibility for testing and ways of accessing a test.  This link is updated each time there is a change, so can be referred to on a frequent basis.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested

1   Self-Referral

For individuals to refer themselves

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/
 

2   Employer Referral

Employer Referral Portal (see attached guidance document)

https://coronavirus-invite-testing.service.gov.uk/DaraTestDemand/Login
 

Employers wishing to gain access to the portal in order to refer staff should email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coronavirus Testing Helpdesk:   0300 303 2713

For help & advice:  www.gov.uk/coronavirus-get-tested


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Residents urged to cut back hedges and trees to avoid causing obstructions


East Riding residents are being reminded to trim their own private hedges and trees which overhang paths and roads to prevent them from causing an obstruction.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement team said overgrown vegetation can become a nuisance or even a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers if it overhangs, obstructs or blocks visibility on the public highway.

This is a particular problem for individuals with prams and pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, who need a clear pathway of adequate width to pass.

Visibility for traffic around junctions is also especially important, so any vegetation which obscures traffic signs or blocks street lights needs to be maintained by regular trimming back.

Last year the council dealt with 280 reports of overgrown vegetation.

It is hoped that a reminder to residents will reduce this number, prevent accidents and help keep the East Riding looking tidy.

The streetscene enforcement team will first approach residents with a polite request to trim overhanging vegetation but, if no action is taken, it can serve a 14-day notice requiring the work to be carried out.

If all warnings are ignored, the council will do the work itself and recover all expenses from the resident.

The council is not able to offer this as a service to residents. The cheapest solution is for residents to cut back the greenery themselves, ask someone they know to do it or employ a gardener.

The council’s grounds and forestry teams trim vegetation on council and public land.

Councillor John Barrett, portfolio holder for operational services, said: “It’s important that paths and roads are kept clear for everyone to use without any obstructions.

“Overgrown hedges and branches can force pedestrians out into the road and can even cause injuries to people.

“So home-owners, tenants and land-owners need to be aware that the responsibility lies with them and we are encouraging them to take appropriate action if they own overgrown foliage.”

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Dog owners warned over bogus microchipping websites



Dog owners updating their pet’s microchip details online are being warned to check the website they are using is genuine after a number of bogus sites have been discovered.

The bogus sites came to the attention of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog warden team after they issued a notice to a dog owner informing them they were breaking the law as the details on the microchip were not up to date.

The owner informed the dog wardens they had paid around £15 to update the details via a website found online via a search engine.

Enquiries were made which showed the owner had made a £15 payment to a website claiming to update microchip details but the changes had not been made.

The information was passed to the council’s trading standards team who, after further investigation, discovered there are a number of websites in operation claiming to update microchip details, taking a fee and then failing to make the necessary changes.

The law states that all dogs must be microchipped and the information kept up to date otherwise the owner could face prosecution and all dogs must be registered on one of the Government-approved databases:

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “All dog owners have a responsibility to keep the details on their dog’s microchip up to date.

“In this case, the owner thought they had done the right thing by updating the details online but had fallen victim to a bogus website.

“So not only did they lose the £15 fee and were almost prosecuted but they are also leaving themselves vulnerable to identity fraud as they would have put all their personal details onto this website which could compromise their own security.

 “There are a number of bogus websites in operation so I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant and to make sure any sites they are using are approved by the Government.”

For more information go www.eastriding.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped


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Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111

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