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Latest updates – 1/6/20

TRANSPORT

Council car parks will remain free for or NHS and health and social care staff and NHS COVID 19 volunteers (critical care workers) when car park charges are reintroduced on Monday 1 June. When parking in a Council pay and display car park, these staff will need to display the permit provided by their NHS Trust. If using one of the six pay on exit car parks, use the intercom on arrival and when leaving.

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/parking/

Civil Enforcement Officers will be back to full capacity from Monday as part of a carefully phased reintroduction of parking enforcement.  They’ll be helping to keep routes clear for emergency service vehicles, preventing traffic hazards and providing help and guidance about where people can and can’t park.  https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/parking/

Safety measures have been put in place as tolling resumes on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry from 00.01 on Monday.  Both have remained open during lockdown to provide vital transport links for key workers, emergency services and those travelling for essential reasons.

Staff at both crossings will be following social distancing guidance and implementing robust hand hygiene procedures, including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitisers. They will also have access to appropriate levels of personal protective equipment.

As the Government is gradually relaxing lockdown restrictions and encouraging people who can’t work from home to return to their work places, both crossings are now seeing over 30% more traffic than we did two weeks ago. With further changes in lockdown restrictions due to come into force on 1 June, including the re-opening of some schools, and an expected continued increase in traffic levels, Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council have agreed to reintroduce tolls from this date. https://www.tamarcrossings.org.uk/tolling-to-resume-at-tamar-bridge-and-torpoint-ferry/


 

VIRTUAL APPEAL HEARINGS

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in March suspended all face-to-face Appeal Hearings and Inquiries to comply with Government requirements on social distancing and travel.  PINS ran a pilot programme when they were looking at alternative ways of working.   As part of this pilot programme, PINS held its first ever virtual Hearing on 11 May 2020 in relation to an Appeal against this Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for an agricultural workers dwelling at land south of Penleaze, Hobbacott Lane, Marhamchurch, Bude.  The Hearing was a success with Council Officers able to present their evidence online and share documents to the Hearing using the technology.  After the hearing PINS issued their decision and the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission was upheld.

Well done to all involved.


 

WEDDINGS UPDATE

After the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday our Registration Service has put in place plans for potentially restarting weddings from next week, but we are still waiting for a firm date from the Government on when we can be allowed to restart wedding ceremonies.

We are working on plans to ensure we can hold weddings which are safe for both customers and staff during the continuing Coronavirus pandemic.

In order to control risks, we plan that ceremonies will only take place within the Service’s ceremony rooms and will be limited to the legal minimum of a total of six people (the couple, their witnesses and two members of staff).  Social distancing, health and safety risk assessments, safe systems of work and other suitable measures have been put in place to ensure compliance with Public Health and Government guidance. We would revise this position in line with any further information from Government but taking into account the requirement to control risk.


 

BIRTH REGISTRATIONS UPDATE

Our Registration Service currently has 820 births waiting to be registered.  A change to primary legislation would be required to change the only legal method of birth registration from a face to face appointment and this change is not expected in the short term, based on information released by Government.

However, a ‘hybrid’ birth registration model is being piloted nationally which minimises face to face contact.  The outcome from this pilot is not expected for several weeks.

If the outcome is successful, we could look to deliver this vital service in a way that controls the risks of COVID-19 infection.

Again, we require national, legal clarification to enable the resumption of essential statutory services for Cornwall’s residents in a way that controls risks.

 


 

NHS Test and Trace

Launched on 28 May, the NHS Test and Trace service will contact anyone who tests positive for coronavirus for further information about their recent interactions.

To find out more about how the service will work please see the links below:-

 


 

Social Prescribing Link Workers

Social Prescribing Link Workers continue to offer support and take referrals during Covid-19.

Social Prescribing is a method of linking people with non-clinical sources of support within the community.  Volunteer Cornwall leads the partnership project with dedicated Link Workers based within GP surgeries, to offer confidential, 1:1 support to patients referred from their GP or health care professional.

More information on the partnership is available on Volunteer Cornwall’s website, with details of the service on the Social Prescribing Cornwall website including a useful Social Prescribing Covid-19 Directory.

Social Distancing in Towns and Frequently Asked Questions

Please find attached useful guidance and FAQ’s for opening up town centres again.

Doc One, Doc Two

 

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