Corona Virus Update

A message from Jeff Harris, Surrey County Councillor

Dear Residents

A slightly shorter update tonight as many of you would have seen the daily Briefing from the Prime Minister, Chancellor or Health Secretary aided by the Chief Medical Officer and others over this last few days. If you haven’t viewed this, may I suggest it’s worth your time, if only to dispel some of the rumours circulating in the national press or on Social Media.

 

Previous messages from me have included various phone numbers and e-mail addresses for residents in Surrey and in particular Reigate and Banstead, and more importantly in my ‘patch’ of Tadworth, Kingswood, Burgh Heath, Walton on the Hill and Preston. These are worth repeating.

 

Surrey County Council operate a NON-MEDICAL Community Advice line – 0300 200 1008. This will include partner agencies to assist in answering questions residents have about all sorts of issues across the County. It currently operates 9-5 Mon-Friday. The Community Webpage www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus is updated almost hourly, so worth a look for any answers.

 

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council 01737 276 000 again for very useful advice for local people and businesses relating to managing financial obligations during this period. RBBC also have an excellent website, which includes information for small businesses – www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Voluntary Aid Reigate and Banstead (VARB) – They are trying to match need with volunteers locally. Their telephone line is extremely busy but their address for volunteering locally or to ask for help is:
https://www.varb.org.uk/blog/2020/03/23/help-varb-help-others-tell-us-about-any-community-support-you-are-offering/

 

Sadly, I’ve come across a couple more ‘Scam alerts’ – especially for those vulnerable members of our community – why not ‘Knock Next door’ ( from 6ft away!) and tell them..

  1. A phone call or e-mail purporting to come from Police (again) stating they’ve been seen out side three times…..and they’re being fined. Bank details, please. Put the phone down and DO NOT open any attachments.
  2. An e-mail from ‘HMRC’ stating Chancellor has announced that anyone having ‘stay at home’ schooling children is allowed £xxx for ‘School Dinners’….’just click here’…..DO NOT.
  3. A phone call/e-mail purporting to come from NHS stating they can get a Cov-id19 test delivered personally for £XX-Bank details, etc….As above…Govt/HMRC/NHS/Surrey County Council/Surrey Police, etc, do not use these methods and are not asking for money, bank details, etc…..Sadly these people (Hyenas) are preying on our vulnerable. Please spread the word and prevent not only crime, but stress, trauma and worry for our most vulnerable.

Remember, this is a fast-moving enormous challenge for all of us.

Finally only two numbers to keep in mind…..Two and Twenty – Metres, (how far apart we need to be), and Seconds – (how long to keep washing our hands for)….

My best wishes,

Jeff.
Surrey County Councillor

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