24 March 2020
We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation, which is changing rapidly day by day, even hour by hour. It is absolutely vital that in order to protect our loved ones and our community, we all follow the government’s advice issued by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23 March 2020. You should stay at home wherever possible, with the following exceptions;
- Shopping for “basic necessities” as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can.
- Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only if it is “absolutely necessary.”
People are also being told not to meet friends or family members who do not live with them. Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day. Play equipment on King’s Field and Kemp’s Field is out of bounds, as is the Outdoor Gym. The Tennis Courts are closed until further notice and the start of the Bowls season has been delayed.
In the last week, Aldeburgh has been faced with several challenges and it is probably fair to assume that more will come in these exceptional times. We are fortunate that our local Good Neighbour Scheme (AGNES) has been able to recruit forty new volunteers within the past week to help those who may be more vulnerable or self-isolating in our town. If you, or anyone you know needs help, perhaps to collect a prescription or some basic provisions, please contact them on 07773 031064.
As and when the situation changes, more information will become available. For the next three weeks at least, I urge you to comply with what is being asked of you. Only by doing this, can we ensure that our community remains safe.
Please think of others wherever possible. We can only beat this situation by working together for the longer-term good of the beautiful place we call home.
Look after yourselves…….
My Best Wishes
Cllr Sara Fox – Mayor of Aldeburgh