Epsom & Ewell Tier 2

Following lockdown, from Wednesday 2nd Dec  2020, the borough of Epsom & Ewell will enter Tier 2 (High Alert), along with the rest of Surrey.

What this means:

  • Meeting friends and family: No mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six can meet in outdoor public spaces (like parks)
  • Pubs and restaurants: Pubs and bars must stay closed unless operating as restaurant. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Last orders at 10pm and they must close at 11pm
  • Retail and personal care: Can open within covid secure guidelines (eg masks and social distancing)
  • Exercise:  Classes and organised adult sport can take place outside but not indoors if there is interaction between people from different households. Organised activities for under-18’s, disabled people and elite athletes can continue. Gyms and swimming pools can open but people should not interact with those outside their household.
  • Work: Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Education: Schools, colleges and universities stay open
  • Places of worship: Can open but people cannot interact with anyone outside of their household or support bubble
  • Weddings: 15 guests maximum for weddings, civil partnerships and wedding receptions
  • Funerals: 30 people maximum at funerals, 15 people maximum at wakes

Councillor Hannah Dalton, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Covid spokesperson said: “Going forward the rules are slightly different than before, including for meeting up with friends and family, so please ensure you are aware of and comply with your obligations.  From Wednesday, both essential and non-essential retail can be open, providing that COVID secure measures are in place.  Our local businesses have had a tough time and I encourage you to shop local and support businesses across Epsom and Ewell whenever you can.  Also do please check if you can support a local businesses online first, as well as safely in your local stores.  Stay safe”.

For More Information Regarding Tier 2 CLICK HERE 

Could you be a COVID-19 Community Champion?

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council wants to help residents stay up to date with the latest advice about COVID-19.

To do this, the council has launched a new initiative with Central Surrey Voluntary Action. The team are looking for COVID-19 Community Champions. These will be the first to receive the latest updates and guidance from our Public Health colleagues about how to stay safe during this pandemic to share with their families, friends, communities and workplaces.

COVID-19 Community Champions are an additional way to help people in Epsom and Ewell get clear information on how to stay safe and reduce the risk of getting and spreading the infection, and what additional support there might be to help do this. The council is especially keen to involve those who can access communities and others who do not necessarily regularly engage with the council.

Councillor Liz Frost, Chair of the Health Liaison Panel and Covid-19 spokesperson, said  “Epsom and Ewell’s volunteers and community groups have been exceptional throughout the coronavirus crisis in supporting each other and helping people in need.

“To build on this we are looking for community spirited individuals from all walks of life to take on the important role of COVID-19 Community Champions to help us share key public health messages in order to help protect our communities from the ongoing pandemic.

“Could you help with this? You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to get involved. You may be involved with a local sports club, social group, or just have a wide circle of friends on social media. Communicating vital health messages and reaching everyone in the borough is key to ensuring we all adopt the measures designed to keep us safe and stop the spread of this horrible disease”.

If you are interested in becoming a COVID-19 Community Champion please contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action – 01372 722911 / [email protected]

 

For the latest Covid-19 Data Click Here 

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Supporting vulnerable children in the borough

Over £38,598.65 has be given to the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank this week to support their work ensuring that vulnerable children in the borough don’t go hungry in the coming months.

On 27th October, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee agreed to transfer the funding to the Foodbank which came in the form of a Government Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential supplies.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said:

“The Epsom and Ewell Foodbank has done a remarkable job in supporting individuals and families affected financially by the pandemic, and I am very pleased to be able to release this funding to them.

“Since the start of this pandemic, our Council has worked hard to support residents throughout the borough.  We are maintaining that focus and determination now, especially as we are seeing coronavirus infections on the increase in the borough.”

During the meeting, the Committee also agreed to provide grants of £5,000 each to Age Concern Epsom and Ewell and to Citizens Advice.  These are to support their ongoing work in the coronavirus pandemic, preparation for winter pressures and the EU Transition after Brexit.

The Council are also making preparations to use their own kitchens to provide healthy packed lunches, if required, before schools restart. 

All enquiries about support for free school meals during half term can be made to 0300 200 1008.

In June 2020 the Prime Minister announced a grant of £63 million for local authorities in England to help those who are struggling to afford food and other essentials. This is known as the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies.

Surrey County Council has been granted an allocation of £788,015.67 on the basis of population, weighted by a proxy measure of need, the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for each authority area.  Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has been provided with a proportion of this funding totalling £38,598.65.

Supporting the local economy

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has been working hard to ensure that local businesses have received the support they need throughout the pandemic.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Committee said “COVID-19 has had a significant and unprecedented impact on all aspects of life in this country, including on business and employment. 

“In Epsom and Ewell, our local businesses have shown great resilience and adaptability throughout the pandemic and have continued to operate in very challenging circumstances. We are proud to see how our local shops, restaurants and other businesses have been putting in place all the necessary measures to operate safely and provide employment for local people. Through their efforts, our shopping areas are a safe and welcoming place to visit. 

“I am grateful to residents who have supported their local shops and restaurants and who buy local whenever they can.

“While the Council has been busy managing the emergency situation and keeping essential services going, we have also taken a range of positive actions to support local businesses and their continued recovery.

“We recognise the importance of working together, and we are determined to stick with the commitments we have made to support and invest in the local economy. We want to ensure that the local economy emerges stronger than before and continues to contribute to the vibrancy and prosperity of the borough”.

Karen Pengelly, the BID Manager from the independent Go Epsom stated “2020 has been an extraordinary year; Epsom’s business community is demonstrating outstanding resilience and adaptability, qualities needed for the duration of this pandemic. With no pandemic handbook in existence, Go Epsom, the Business Improvement District, has welcomed the manner in which the Council has handled business support, the approach throughout has been to enable, support and assist, it has been exactly what was needed.”

Councillor Kington was speaking after last night’s Strategy and Resources Committee which discussed the importance of the local economy and the proactive approach the Council was taking to support local business during the pandemic. These have included:

  • Administering the payment of grants totalling £10million to over 700 small businesses
  • Establishing a High Streets Task Force with support from Go Epsom, Surrey Police, the county council and major businesses, to help with the safe recovery of the boroughs retail and hospitality areas
  • Working with GLL to support the re-opening of the Rainbow Leisure Centre
  • Engaging with Job Centre Plus to ensure that residents whose jobs could be impacted by the pandemic have to access to effective support in accessing new employment opportunities
  • Contacting over 100 restaurants and food business as national restrictions started to be lifted, providing relevant information and guidance to support the safe re-starting of their businesses operations, including advice on dealing with other health and safety risks such as legionella
  • Engaging with all the borough’s pubs and bars to support their safe re-opening and ongoing COVID Secure operation
  • Providing fact sheets and posters for local letting agents and landlords of houses in multiple occupation on COVID-19 issues
  • Completion of major elements of the Plan E investment programme, including the Market Place to create the best possible environment for local businesses and their customers
  • Introducing new Epsom open air markets and safe operation of the existing markets to encourage visitors into the town centre
  • Developing and launching a new scheme to support local restaurants and cafes that want to make use of the space outside their premises
  • Working with the county council to deliver the temporary extensions to the footway on the Northern High Street in Epsom to provide additional pedestrian and queuing space
  • Establishing a team of Borough Wardens to provide reassurance, advice and guidance to visitors and local businesses, and to ensure that borough and its high streets continue to be a safe and welcoming place to visit.

Remembrance in Epsom & Ewell

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidance, showing respect on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day will need to be conducted in a different way this year.

The Mayor will lay wreaths at all the borough public war memorials of behalf of residents of Epsom and Ewell.

The Bourne Hall Park Garden of Remembrance will be open as normal for you to place your own symbols of remembrance. And, of course, you can place poppies and wreaths at war memorials however please be respectful of others who may be visiting too and follow social distancing. 

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council are requesting that residents do not visit at 11am on Sunday 8th November (Remembrance Sunday) or on  Wednesday 11th November (Armistice Day) to avoid groups gathering.

Surrey County Council are encouraging all Surrey residents to take part in the two minute silence on their doorstep, or inside their homes, as a mark of remembrance at 11am on Sunday 8th November and Wednesday 11th November.

The Royal British Legion are asking everyone to back the Poppy Appeal in a new way to adapt to the threat of Covid-19. Please visit the Royal British Legion website for key ways to get involved and support and for ordering poppies and buying poppy merchandise from their online Poppy Shop.

The Epsom and Ewell Poppy Appeal has launched their own GoFundMe page for donations as they are not going to out and about as much as normal this year (Epsom and Ewell normally raises the most funds in Surrey for the poppy appeal). To donate CLICK HERE 

Poppies will be available in the Ashley Centre and at Homebase on 31 October, 1 November and 7 November.

What’s On In Epsom will not be holding our Walk To Remember but we will still be laying a wreath on behalf of our followers at Ashley Cemetery War Memorial.

Don’t be spooked, you can still enjoy Halloween

While some Halloween activities will have to be paused this year, there are ways you and your family can enjoy spooky fun while staying safe from exposure to COVID-19.

Six spooktacular low risk activities:
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them in your window or outside
  • Getting the Bake Off vibe and gather the household around to make ghoulish and tasty Halloween cakes and biscuits
  • Celebrating with a household movie night with the people you live with and dress as your favourite characters
  • Taking part in a ‘spot the pumpkin’ trail, where people display pumpkin or Halloween pictures in their windows and you have to try and find them all with your family (a good walk around the neighbourhood remembering to socially distance)
  • Organising a Halloween scavenger hunt by hiding Halloween treats (and tricks) in and around your home for your children to find
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume competition using a video chat app
Higher risk activities to avoid this Halloween:
  • Traditional trick-or-treating, where sweets are handed to children who go door to door
  • Attending a party where there are more than six people from different households
  • Going to any event where people may be crowded together and screaming

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman Community & Wellbeing Committee, said: “This year, we need all the fun we can get. Many of the Halloween traditions we have adopted over the last few years, such as trick or treating, carry a risk. The challenge is how to still have fun but to have it safely and consider how to make fun, Covid safe”.

If you are pumpkin carving, be careful to avoid pumpkin carving injuries. Children can draw a face with markers and then an adult can do the cutting. Consider putting a battery-operated light rather than an open-flame candle inside your carved masterpiece.

 

Pods provide peace and quiet for Epsom and St Helier staff

Hardworking staff at Epsom and St Helier can now make the most of their breaks or find a moment of relaxation after a busy shift, thanks to a generous loan of two sleep pods.

The two space-age looking pods are designed specifically for twenty-minute power naps, and come complete with a hooded privacy visor and the option to play pre-programmed music or a relaxation guide. This means valued NHS staff are able to rejuvenate their minds and body in the break of a busy shift, or before heading home after clocking off for the day.

Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “Team ESTH always work hard to provide the best care to our patients, but the effort and determination they have shown through COVID-19 has been phenomenal. If anyone deserves to put their feet up for 20 minutes and make the most of a lunch break, it’s our staff!

“Evidence shows that for most people, a short 15 to 20-minute nap can help to reduce the impact of tiredness on people’s ability to function and can improve performance. But more importantly than that, being able to take a moment to relax and recuperate will be a real boost for the health and wellbeing of our staff, which in turn, has a positive effect on patient care and experience”.

Dr Shakil Rahman, Lead Respiratory Consultant at the Trust, has been at the very forefront of the Trust’s response to COVID-19, leading the team who cared for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients. He said: ‘I’ve tried the sleep pod and I can’t believe – even for a poor sleeper like me – how refreshed I feel. I will definitely be using it again and encouraging everyone to try some power naps, especially the junior doctors who work and study incredibly hard. I’ve been so proud of how the respiratory team and all my ESTH colleagues have faced the immense challenges of this pandemic, and I truly think their health and wellbeing has never been so important.”

The sleep pods have kindly been loaned to Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity by the company Restworks for a free two-month trial but – if the feedback from staff continues to be positive the charity could look to purchase them on a long-term basis. The Charity always welcome support from local people and businesses – if you would like to make a donation to this or any other project, please contact the team by email at [email protected] or call 01372 735262.

For more information about Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity (registered charity number 1049197) visit www.esthcharity.org.uk.

Advice on offer for licenced premises

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council are offering licenced businesses throughout the borough specialist advice to help them stay on top of rapidly changing coronavirus regulations.

Keeping staff and customers safe from the spread of the coronavirus should be at the top of every business owners’ mind.  As the winter approaches and regulations change on an increasingly frequent basis, it can be difficult to keep pace while running a business at the same time.

Specialist Environmental Health and Licencing teams from the borough council are on hand to help businesses open safely and ensure that all appropriate controls are in place for customers.

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chairman of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, said:

“We are committed to reducing the harm of the coronavirus pandemic, and everyone has a significant role to play.

“As one part of our role, we are proactively helping licenced premises stay on the right side of rapidly written legislation.

“We recognise that this is an exceptionally difficult time for businesses who are doing their best in a difficult situation.  By being proactive, we’re hoping to support our licenced premises to remain open, in line with the law and safety measures, without needing to use our enforcement powers.”

In addition to acting in an advisory capacity, the council are also ready to act on any concerns raised by residents to ensure that all appropriate safety measures are being adhered to. 

The current advice for business owners is available on the Government’s website:  http://bit.ly/GovUkBusinessAdvice .  Epsom & Ewell Borough Council also have a dedicated page on their website summarising the latest information for businesses:  https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/business/doing-business-epsom-and-ewell  

Everyone should also make sure that they abide by the Government’s latest advice to keep themselves and others safe.  This advice can be found online (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) and is currently summarised as:

  • Hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Space – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.

A weekend of reflective celebration and commemoration

This weekend, as the NHS turns 72 years old, Epsom and St Helier will be marking a moment of commemoration and reflective celebration.  

On Saturday 4 July at 8pm, a minute’s silence will be held outside Epsom and St Helier hospitals, and a candle illuminated for every life sadly lost to COVID-19 at the Trust. Subject to social distancing rules, staff and members of the public are welcome to gather at the entrance to St Helier Hospital and the green opposite, and at the SWLEOC entrance of Epsom Hospital, to mark this occasion with us. 

Shortly afterwards, as the sun goes down, our acute hospital buildings will be lit up in NHS blue to celebrate the NHS turning 72 years old – a year unlike any other in the health service’s history.

Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “As the NHS turns 72, there is just so much to be proud of and to reflect on – it almost goes without saying that this has been an incredibly challenging time for the NHS and our amazing staff have gone above and beyond to care for patients and protect our communities. And that’s exactly why we are holding this dual event – while we think it’s important to celebrate our fantastic health service and the staff who power it, we cannot do so at this time without paying tribute to those who have sadly died during this pandemic, and the local families affected by the crisis.

“Our staff have battled to provide life-saving care to COVID-19 patients, and I am pleased that large numbers of our patients have overcome the worst of the virus, but we cannot forget the impact it has had. If you would like to, please join us just before 8pm on Saturday and feel free to bring an LED candle should you wish to pay tribute to a loved one.”  

The cost of lighting the hospitals will be paid for by the Trust’s dedicated charity Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity (1049197). To find out more about the charity visit: www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/esth-charity and to make a donation online to our ‘thank you’ appeal, visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/ThankYouESTH.