Being a good neighbour is vital as communities pull together in the fight against Covid-19.
Doing shopping and errands and keeping in touch with friends and family is a really important part of the community response to the disease, particularly as more people start to self-isolate.
It’s also important that none of us take on too much.
We’re being advised to focus on helping people in our own street – where we can keep on top of the support we’re able to offer and where people know and trust us.
Sticking to what we are comfortable with important too, and not being afraid to say no.
The advice on staying safe while helping out during the outbreak includes:
- Stay in when you are supposed to – if you need to self-isolate, make sure you only volunteer from the comfort of your home and follow the self-isolation guidance.
- Social distance – when you are working with other people, follow the social distancing guidance and stay at least two metres apart.
- Wash your hands – make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after coming into contact with other people.
- Do not enter people’s homes – leave any deliveries outside the house.
- Keep an eye out for suspicious activity – some people are using Covid-19 as a way to scam others so, if you spot anything suspicious, please report it.
- Do not handle money – if you do not know the person well, please do not either receive or give money for shopping or other things. Certainly do not give away your PIN or ask for a PIN or bank card. Encourage people you are supporting to place orders online or over the telephone.
- Keep up-to-date – the latest advice can be found via Public Health England and local council websites.