ON 23rd March the whole country went into lockdown. As a response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic Winterton Parish Council published this letter.
With the continued escalation and huge concern from all of us during the Covid-19 crisis as I type this I note that 1228 people have died to date , this number is set to increase dramatically.
We as a parish council continue to try and ensure that our village is safe offering support to all who need it and in particular the most vulnerable of our residents.
It is very much appreciated that extreme concern, worry and in some situations anger are present unfortunately because within Winterton last weekend, we had an influx of visitors who were, what can only be best described as naïve, ignorant & foolish to the seriousness of the situation. Consequently, visitors ignored all the guidelines and still treated the village as a destination for dog walking, exercising and an escape away from their own areas.
At this time in the escalating situation, it would be appropriate to say that by not accepting the government guidelines visitors are being disrespectful to the health and wellbeing of the residents of Winterton-on-Sea. To this end and to deter day-trippers and others the following is as we understand in place until further notice:
Beach Car park is closed
The Beach toilets are closed
The Village Chip shop is closed
Dunes Café is closed
The Fisherman’s Return is closed
Holiday Let bookings as much as we can determine are cancelled and no new bookings are being taken; the vast majority of 2nd homes in the village are Holiday lets . Police are patrolling the village on a regular basis and it has been witnessed that several people are being stopped, questioned with respect to the reason for being in the village and turned away as appropriate. In discussions with the Police, it is the current situation that they cannot stop home owners turning up in the village, however this may change in the coming days as Government tighten Police powers to act.
Current guidelines are STAY AT HOME SAVE LIVES
The only reasons to leave home are:
To shop for basic necessities or pick up medicine
To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household
Always stay two meters apart
DO NOT meet others, even friends & family
We as a Parish Council have been active in assembling a support group within the village to assist in helping individuals who are restricted by quarantine or other circumstances. If you are self-isolating, unwell, housebound and need provisions or the collection of a prescription and have no available friends or relatives you should phone the Parish Council. Leaflets were distributed throughout the village last Saturday explaining and containing contact phone numbers:
The network of volunteers is growing and to all these people we are very grateful.
We as a Parish Council and the friendly residents of our beautiful, welcoming village Winterton-on-Sea are saying during this critical, life threatening time with particular focus on the most vulnerable to people who against all advice from the UK Government and the World Health Authority still intend visiting, PLEASE stay away at this very difficult time in all our lives we look forward to welcoming you back when we all hopefully return to normal, safe and healthy.
In closing, we all know the rules please remember the following ;
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
wash your hands as soon as you get back home
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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Stay In touch with family and friends over the phone or internet
Try to keep yourself busy do light exercise
Be mindful of your mental health
Winterton Parish Council