If anyone is having difficulties getting shopping etc. during this period
of lockdown, please contact us as we may be able to help you out
This page has been set up to provide local updates on the Virus, but specifically shared experiences within the Village and what people are doing. With children who are no longer at school in mind, we might share ideas as to how village parents can entertain the children and shortly there will be a Village Quiz that can be undertaken around the village but, (with social distancing and being contactless, kept in mind), run at different times so that people do not congregate together. Other ideas are very welcome, but more importantly, the page just might be a useful 'Suggestions and shared experiences/ideas" portal. If you have any suggestions, or have anything to contribute or help to give or require help then please Contact us.
New lockdown rules for England
Main restrictions from Thursday 5th November
*People will be told to stay at home except for education, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others
*All pubs and restaurants will have to close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
*All non-essential shops will have to close. Bike shops, hardware stores, banks, pharmacies, post offices, garden centres and pet shops can remain open
*Schools, nurseries, colleges and universities will remain open
*Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens*
*Individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space. Children under five are not counted
*Support bubbles for people who live alone and single parent households can continue
*Support groups of 15 or fewer people are allowed, including those for new parents or people recovering from addictions
*Children will be able to move between homes if parents are separated
*Hotels will only open for people who have to travel for work plus a number of other limited reasons
*Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be allowed, apart from exceptional circumstances
*Places of worship will generally close but funerals, with a maximum of 30 people attending, individual prayer, and a few other activities will be allowed
*Workplaces will be asked to stay open if people cannot work from home - including construction and manufacturing
*Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms will have to close
*Clinically vulnerable advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home
After 2 December, different regions will return to the tiers system, depending upon the rates of infection.
If you have any pictures relating to what you are doing during this period and would like to share, then please send them to us through the Contact us page
Page last updated & Checked Sunday 29/11/2020.
CoronaVirus & Brimpsfield A new update today.
(Most recent updates are directly below the introductory paragraph)
Are You Shopping Online?
Have you bought anything online recently?…
Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.
Online shopping fraud during lockdown
Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive.
Top tips for shopping online securely:
Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.
What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud
We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.
If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.
Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.
For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
After 2nd December Gloucestershire will move to a Tier 2 Alert.
Tier 2: High alert
This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.
In tier 2:
You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
stop taking orders after 10pm
Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list