Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge Parish Council

COVID 19 Outbreak Support

Details on how the Parish Council is supporting the community to deal with COVID 19

We have now set up our support teams for those in isolation or key workers who need help with shopping.

Contact sheets and newsletters are now being delivered to everyone in the parish.

These tell you who to call and how to order food or prescriptions that we will collect and deliver to you.

Stay Safe and know you are not alone.

We also have phone buddies to call and chat with.

A massive thanks to all our volunteers and if you want to join just email

Handley Info

Newsletter 1
Newsletter 2
Newsletter 3

Guidance from Government

Use of face masks in the community
There is very little evidence of widespread benefit from the use of face masks outside of the clinical or care settings, where they play a very important role.

To be effective, face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour.

Research shows that compliance with these recommended behaviours reduces over time when wearing face masks for prolonged periods, such as in the community.

Therefore, PHE does not advise masks in public places and for those working in supermarkets, waste collection, schools and similar settings.

PHE recommends that employers should ensure that:

  • spaces in the workplace are optimised to allow social distancing to occur, wherever possible
  • signs are visible in the workplace reminding employees not to attend work if they have a fever or cough and to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • employees are provided with hand sanitiser for frequent use and regular breaks to allow them to wash their hands for 20 seconds

The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance.

PHE will continually review guidance in line with emerging evidence and WHO views, and update our guidance if new evidence suggests that we should do so.

Stay safe as a volunteer

You can leave the house to help someone, for example to take them food and medicine.

If you are doing this, you must:

  • stay outside their home if you do not live with them, especially if they are at a higher risk from coronavirus or have symptoms
  • limit the time you spend outside your home for example by picking up their food or medicine with yours
  • stay 2 metres (6 ft) away if you do not live with them
  • not share a car with them
  • regularly wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds

If you do not follow this advice, you could put yourself at risk of infection, or risk spreading it to others.

- GOV.UK Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
- GOV.UK Closing certain businesses and venues in England
- GOV.UK Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown
- GOV.UK Update on what is open and what is not open following the changes that started yesterday
- GOV.UK Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic- GOV.UK Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak
- GOV.UK The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October
- GOV.UK Details on a range of outdoor activities which will be allowed in England from 13 May 2020 subject to social distancing rules
- GOV.UK Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces
- GOV.UK Coronavirus outbreak FAQs - what you can and can't do
- GOV.UK Staying safe outside your home
- GOV.UK Further expansion of access to coronavirus testing
- GOV.UK Consumer food guidance
- GOV.UK Letter - Grading for summer 2020 students
- GOV.UK Help track the virus if you think you have symptoms
- GOV.UK Easy read guide to mental health and wellbeing
- GOV.UK A joint statement from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the Minister for Care, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
- GOV.UK Cleaning in a Non Healthcare Environment
- GOV.UK Advice on staying at home
- GOV.UK Children and young people's mental health advice
- GOV.UK Full guidence on staying at home
- GOV.UK Support Mental Health
- GOV.UK Crack down on false coronavirus information information
- How to help safely - I think we have this covered for those in Isolation but there are things everyone can do at home or work in this advice
- GOV.UK Further businesses and premises to close: guidance
- GOV.UK Further Business and Other Venues Close - clarifications


- Telegraph How long can COVID 19 last on different surfaces

Note this is a newspaper article, there is currently no Gov guidelines on this subject and a key theme in this article is to keep washing your hands


Dorset Council

- Dorset residents encouraged to use NHS Test and Trace service

These are updates to the Waste services

- Household recycling centres will re-open for waste that poses a risk of injury, health or harm

- Update on Garden Waste collection

- Bin collection general details on collection and recycling collection centres

- Missed bins not being collected

- Waste Services during the coronavirus outbreak

- Countryside car parks and all facilities now CLOSED
Following advice from central Government, we have now closed all public facilities at our country parks and open spaces until further notice. This includes the car parks, play areas, toilets, cafés, visitor centres and Moors Valley's golf course. If you live within walking distance of one of our country parks or open spaces, you may visit by foot or bicycle for your daily exercise as long as you follow these Government guidelines: Take one form of exercise per day (e.g. run, walk or cycle). This must either be alone or with members of your household. Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people. Wash your hands before coming and as soon as you get home.


Morrisons are also offering a phone and delivery service, could the attached pictures go up please, details from the email are below. My name is Jenny Cook and I am the Community Champion at Morrisons in Verwood. At Morrisons we have a free delivery service aimed at those self-isolating, vulnerable and not able to visit a shop.

Orders are taken over the phone and payment made by chip & pin on the doorstep (all current guideline of distancing etc. observed).

Whilst most in Verwood are aware of this scheme (although we have an excellent community group) those in the more remote areas may not know about it. They may be relying on neighbours - but as the lockdown continues they may feel themselves a burden on them.

The list covers the basics, but they can add on extras (including a bottle of their favourite tipple ! ) and specific dietary requirements.

Should you require copies of the leaflet, please let me know.

And any questions you may have.

I am hoping that you can share this with those in your community that would benefit from such a delivery service.  

Kind regards,
Jenny Cook
Morrisons Community Champion 07811 716 241

WhatsApp support

The Government has launched a WhatsApp chatbot to provide NHS advice in an effort to take pressure off the NHS’s 111 service and combat the spread of misinformation. Users are told to add a phone number to their contacts list, 07860 064422, and send the word “hi” to the WhatsApp account. This will add the chatbot, the Coronavirus Information Service. Of course it is available on line as well. But if you use WhatsApp it’s perhaps more accessible.