Cornwall Council COVID-19 Update 16th May

Cormac  will be making a phased return to carry out key repair and maintenance works, alongside essential planned critical projects over the coming weeks. This will ensure that the road network and essential community infrastructure remain accessible and safe. This is essential for those who still need to travel – people travelling to and from work or to exercise, those who need to shop for basic necessities, people walking and cycling for exercise, and those providing care for vulnerable people – as well as maintaining the condition of 4,500 miles of our roads.
People are being asked to please be kind to the workforce and observe any diversions or safety fencing that is in place. Problems with roads, highways and footways can be reported online For up to date information on what’s happening in your area, see the updates on Cormac website programming pages


Dogs on beaches

The new seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches began on 15 May 2020. At this stage they will affect only the 12 beaches in Cornwall that have Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, where no dogs will be allowed between 10.00 am and 6.00pm.

The remaining seasonal restrictions come into place on 1 July 2020 and will also be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. This allows dog owners to exercise with their pets before 10.00 am and after 6.00 pm, while the hours in between respect those who prefer to exercise on beaches without dogs present.

Dog owners should keep their pets on leads in all public areas to help with social distancing and also continue to pick up after their pets. There are no plans to relax access for dogs to Cornwall’s beaches, or to change Public Protection Orders, under the current easing of Government exercise guidance.


Reporting safeguarding concerns

Cornwall Council is reminding people to keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours during lockdown in case of any safeguarding concerns.
Everyone has a right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse, but not everyone can protect themselves. Watch out for:

  • Domestic abuse, by and towards people of any gender
  • Abuse of older people
  • Abuse of disabled or otherwise vulnerable people
  • Abuse of children

To report a safeguarding concern, ring the Council on 0300 1234 131 and choose option 3.
If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person’s safety, ring the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.

 

Support for new parents in Cornwall, including front line health visiting and school nursing, are continuing throughout the lockdown.
New parents are still being offered home visits to undertake new birth assessments or can opt to receive their assessment by phone or video call.
Parents with children under the age of two also have access to video calls with a named health visitor and telephone or video call health reviews are continuing.
Families with additional needs are being prioritised and health visitors and school nurses are actively contacting families to provide health advice and support. This can range from growth and developmental concerns, health worries, behaviour and emotional health needs, coping with babies and children during the lockdown, infant feeding, nutrition and sleep issues.Breast feeding support is also being delivered by telephone and virtual contacts by breastfeeding volunteers who work with health visitors.There’s more support and information for families on Cornwall Council’s Together for Families web page.Health visitors and school nurses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can be contacted on the Client Advice Line on 01872 322779 or by emailing coco.childrenscmc@nhs.net.

Support to stop smoking New evidence shows that smokers who get coronavirus are 14 times more likely to get a severe respiratory disease, so there’s never been a better time to give up smoking. Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team are continuing to provide  a stop smoking support service, even during the lockdown, with support available by telephone, text and email.
As well as personalised behavioural support to develop a quit plan and practical help on beating the cravings, the Healthy Cornwall team can also arrange stop smoking medication, such as nicotine replacement therapy, through a GP prescription request or voucher.
To find out more, complete the online enquiry form or ring 01209 615600