Last updated: Thursday 15th October 2020
Following the introduction of the three-tier Local Covid Alert Level system on Monday 12th October, North Norfolk remains in the MEDIUM risk category: there are therefore no changes to existing rules. These are summarised in the graphic below.
The government's Covid FAQs provides further advice on what you can and can't do.
Norfolk County Council's Protect Norfolk campaign recognises the level of infection in Norfolk has been relatively low. Now, we want to keep it that way. You can help by:
- Frequent and regular hand-washing with soap. The 'regular' bit of this means - washing hands whenever it is possible or likely you have had contact with surfaces that may be contaminated such as goods in shops, or surfaces used by people outside your bubble. Use water above 25°C.
- Social distancing. Keep a minimum of one metre apart from others, and preferably two metres if possible.
- Use a face mask when in public places. Face masks are now mandatory in most public places. You can find a complete list of all the places where face masks should be worn, and the exemptions for certain types/ages of people here.
Norfolk's Director of Public Health has led on the development of our Local Outbreak Plan in partnership with district councils, NHS executives, and the Norfolk Resilience Forum. The main aim is to work with community partners and council departments to prevent local outbreaks in the first place but, if they do occur, they will be tracked and managed to limit further transmission.
Tourism & Visitors
If you are planning to visit Norfolk, please download this useful information leaflet beforehand.
This poster is available for hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other types of local accommodation to display for guests' information. And this useful flow chart describes the process for dealing with guests with suspected coronavirus.
Latest Advice from the Government
You can search for guidance and sources of support here.
Support for the Vulnerable
If you are vulnerable and in need of support, Norfolk County Council has a dedicated helpline to provide assistance: telephone 0344 800 8020.
Norfolk County Council has updated its guidance for carers, which can be found here.
The NCC Short Breaks Team has made funding available for the families of over 900 children with special educational needs and disabilities who receive short breaks, to buy play equipment to support their needs at home (eg. books, arts, craft materials, and tables) - with a spend of up to £500 per child deducted from annual short breaks funding allowance.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Norfolk County Council wants parents, carers, children, and young people to know about the NHS 'Just One Norfolk' mental health portal which is now the single place to access mental health advice and support for 0-25 year olds. No referral is needed, and advice and support can be requested straight away. If needed, users will be referred for more specialist help. There is also a 24/7 helpline for people of all ages, offering immediate support for mental health difficulties arising from the coronavirus situation. The line is also open for healthcare professionals such as ambulance staff and GPs, social care colleagues and police personnel, who may need advice when working with individuals undergoing mental health difficulties. Telephone 0800 196 3494.
The government's Hardship Fund, providing council tax relief to vulnerable people and households affected by coronavirus, is administered by North Norfolk District Council. Telephone 01263 516000 for assistance.
- The government's Business Support Finder tool is now live and can be found here.
- The government will cover 80% of employees' wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
- The package of other measures in place can be found here.
- The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership offers free advice and support to businesses: details here. Business grants are administered by North Norfolk District Council. You may find New Anglia LEP's factsheet helpful - available for download below.
- The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now open for applications. Further information can be found here.
- A new scheme for businesses in need of smaller loans was announced on 27th April. Bounce Back Loans, up to a maximum of £50,000 or 25% of turnover will be available from 0900 on Monday 4th May. The government will support lending by guaranteeing 100% of the loan and will pay the interest for the first twelve months. Further details here.
The government has announced £750m of support for charities. Charities will also be able to access much of the support currently available for businesses. Further details here.
NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL
Coronavirus advice page here.
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
Coronavirus advice page here. Helpline: 01263 516000.
NORFOLK & WAVENEY HERE TO HELP
A Facebook resource linking people with community initiatives and projects. Search for 'Norfolk & Waveney Here to Help'.
NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE
Job search support, careers and training advice. Telephone 0800 917 9419.
Many town and parish councils and community groups are providing support for the most vulnerable - please contact your local council for details.