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COVID-19/Coronavirus Update 16/10/20

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Infection rate in Rotherham increases again
The latest seven day average for infection rates in Rotherham has seen another significant increase.
The seven day Covid-19 infection rate in Rotherham for this week is 273.9 per 100,000 (7 days to 10th October), with 778 new cases reported in the last week. This compares to a rate of 170.8 per 100,000 for the previous week, in which there were 520 new cases and represents another significant increase.
Rotherham Alert Level
Based on the Government's new three-tier alert system, Rotherham is at Local Alert Level - High.
We now have an easy to follow guide to the restrictions currently in place in Rotherham available to download (click to download a PDF version).
You can print off and share this document in your local communities.
Please note this relates to current restrictions and is subject to change, should the Alert Level be altered.
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Update on Coronavirus Alert Level in South Yorkshire
Mayor Dan Jarvis has issued a statement on behalf of all South Yorkshire's Leaders following a meeting with Government officials this afternoon.
Mayor Jarvis confirmed that initial discussions have taken place today regarding the coronavirus alert level in the region. He said that the talks were "constructive and provide a useful starting point as we work together to get the right restrictions and support in place."
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Lancashire moved to Alert Level - Very High
The county of Lancashire has been moved up to the highest Alert Level (Very High), the Government has confirmed today.
Lancashire now joins the Liverpool City Region as the only places in the country currently under the highest coronavirus restrictions.
A number of measures will take effect from tomorrow (Saturday 17th October), with further restrictions coming into force on Monday.
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Italy removed from safe travel list as Crete is added
Starting from 4am tomorrow (Saturday 17th October), passengers returning to England from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State will need to self-isolate for two weeks.
This is following an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.
But there's better news for travellers returning from the Greek Island of Crete. Crete has been added to the government’s travel corridor list following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus.
This means, starting from 4am on Sunday 18th October, passengers arriving in England from Crete will no longer need to self-isolate, provided they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival. 
All travellers, including those from exempt destinations, are required to show a completed passenger locator form on arrival into the UK, unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.
Penalties for people who break self-isolation rules when returning from non-exempt countries have increased from £1,000 for first offences up to £10,000 for subsequent offences, which is the same as penalties for those breaching self-isolation following a positive COVID-19 test or contact from Test and Trace.
A list of the countries on the safe travel corridor list is available from the https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.
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New Assistant Chief Executive appointed
Jo Brown has been offered the role of Rotherham Council’s Assistant Chief Executive, following a competitive selection process.
Jo is currently Director of Transformation at Cheshire East Council, a role that includes ICT shared services, HR and OD and Business Change (incorporating communications, strategic policy and engagement, business intelligence and performance, projects and change).
Jo started her career in Local Government in 2004 and has worked in a range of strategic change and programme roles across Peterborough, Northamptonshire and Luton Councils. In addition, Jo has led a range of interim projects working for clients including a Combined Authority, county, unitary and district councils and Police and Crime Commissioners on a wide range of organisational improvement programmes.
It is expected that Jo will start her new role with Rotherham Council in January 2021 when you can meet her and give her a warm welcome.
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£42m improvements to the Parkway announced
Plans for the widening of the Parkway (A630) - a main route between Rotherham and Sheffield - have been announced by the Government today.
More than 65,000 vehicles a day use the road, which also links both Rotherham and Sheffield to the M1 motorway at junction 33.
The £46 million scheme will see the road widened into a dual 3-lane carriageway, markedly increasing capacity on the road. Junction 33 on the intersecting M1 will also benefit from carriageway widening and resurfacing, reducing congestion, cutting carbon (CO2) emissions, and further boosting capacity to help road users move about more easily.
Main works on the project are set to start soon with the scheme scheduled for completion in summer 2022.
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You can find the latest information for the public about COVID-19 here
The Government response and action plan can be found here
NHS guidance can be found here

 

Crisis Loans

Whilst it is hoped that people finding themselves in financial crisis because of loss of work arising from the Covid 19 pandemic will be assisted with hardship payments by DWP, the normal Crisis Support Crisis Loans service is also still available.

Crisis loans are provided in partnership with RMBC by LASER Credit Union.

Applications should be made directly to LASER. They will receive, administer, issue the loan and take repayments.

Applicants for Crisis Loans should not visit the LASER premises, but contact them by:

• mobile app secure message

• email at enquiries@lasercu.org.uk

• telephone on 01709 836500 or

• through their website at https://www.lasercreditunion.org.uk/

 

Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Scheme 

To help further support vulnerable people across the borough, RMBC has established the Rotherham Community Hub with Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Together Partnership to coordinate the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme.

They are calling out for individuals, organisations, clubs and businesses who want to volunteer. The programme will match volunteers to established groups and make sure the help is being directed where it is most needed. This is a great opportunity to work together as a community to make sure that everyone is getting the support they need during the COVID19 outbreak.

More information can be found via www.rotherham.gov.uk/volunteer

and via this poster and volunteer pack

 

Local Council Elections - 7th May 2020

The local elections planned for 7th May 2020 have been postponed until May 2021. There is still, however, 1 vacant seat on Firbeck Parish Council and anyone wishing to volunteer to serve their community should register their interest either through a current member of the council or via the 'contact us' link above.


The beautiful village of Firbeck nestles in a valley surrounded by agricultural land and woodland. Its pretty name arrives through a series of derivations from Firebec in the twelfth century to Ferbecke in the sixteenth century. It is generally accepted as meaning ‘woodland stream’. There is a mix of historically interesting buildings and twentieth century buildings.

At the heart of the village is the grade 2 listed church of St. Martins which has several fine stained glass windows and interesting hatchments and monuments, including some to the St Leger family. Anthony St Leger was the founder of the famous race in 1776 and the original racecourse was in an oval field above the village.

Firbeck Village Hall was substantially renovated and reopened in 2010 thanks to generous grants from the Big Lottery Fund and WREN. The Village Hall Committee exists to administer the operation and maintenance of the Hall, to organise events and fundraising and to act as a resource for our vibrant community. Many weekly groups take place and annual events such as a scarecrow weekend, a barbeque and a strawberry tea. The village hall is also available to hire for private events.

The Black Lion is a traditional little country inn which boasts a menu featuring fine gastro pub food alongside some pub classics. They keep some great beers and their focus is to create an environment where drinkers and diners feel welcome.

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Firbeck Hall has a fascinating history and is hopefully to be restored to provide modern dwellings within the shell of the original structure. The Friends of Firbeck Hall is a voluntary group dedicated to encouraging the sympathetic restoration of Firbeck Hall. They are also researching the history of the village and publish three newsletters a year outlining their latest findings.