Updated Advise on Staying Safe in the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID19) is spread by respiratory droplets, and does not linger on porous surfaces, such as letters or parcels, says the post office. Here is our recommended advice for staying safe.

  • Wear a mask when out shopping, or where mixing with strangers in an enclosed space.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not sign for letters or parcels. (Although they should not ask you to, according to their advice above.)
  • Stay at home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Where possible, use contactless payments, or paper bank notes rather than the new polymer ones.

Be kind. Phone friends and family if they have to self-isolate, or nervous about the continuing threat of the virus.
If you can, offer to help people who have difficulty getting out with shopping and other tasks. However, be sure to follow the NHS Advice on precautions you need to take, and maintain social distancing to protect yourself and others.

Sandwell Council is also providing support for its residents. Check their Coronavirus - Emergency help from the council page for details. There may also be a local community group in your area that is already offering help, such as the Great Barr Volunteers group.

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And finally, have your job been affected by the virus?
Has it made you appreciate local al shops and businesses more?

If it has, let us know by completing our brief Coronavirus Survey.

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