Thursday 4th June 2020

National: Face coverings will be required on public transport to reduce the risk of a second outbreak
Local: Stroud District Council issue statement on lockdown rules: Do the right thing - protect your community and keep Stroud District safe.
International: At least 11 countries have reimposed restrictions amid fears of coronavirus second wave.

Requests, Offers and Updates posted in our Facebook group

  • Stroud District Council ask us to keep each other safe: Do the right thing – protect your community and keep Stroud District safe. They say, “Although some elements of the lockdown are easing, the threat posed by this deadly virus remains very real,” said Stroud District Council Leader Doina Cornell. “Most people have observed all the guidelines and rules, and communities have come together so well to make sure our most vulnerable residents are protected. “As the leaders of all four main political groups at SDC, we are united in thanking everyone who has done the right thing and continues to do so –  but now we are at a key point. Although we can now get out more, we still need to do as much as we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.”
  • In a statement backed by all political parties on Stroud District Council, Leader Doina Cornell urged everyone to follow the new Government guidelines:
    • ✔️Stay at home as much as possible
    • ✔️Work from home if you can
    • ✔️Limit contact with other people
    • ✔️Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
    • ✔️Wash your hands regularly
    • ✔️Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
    • ❌Changes have been introduced but we still cannot visit friends and family inside their homes. Also we cannot stay away overnight except for a limited set of circumstances, nor use outdoor gyms or playgrounds; nor gather outdoors in a group of more than six (excluding members of your own household).” More great info in this post!  
  • A new regional COVID-19 testing centre is set to open at Hempsted Meadow, Gloucester from 5 June – anyone who has symptoms should book a test straightaway.
  • Wonton Area Mutual Aid group shared that while it may feel like things are getting back to “normal”, for some in our community, things are still far from “normal”. “Huge numbers of people have been affected financially by this crisis. If you are one of them, and would like some support, order one of our WAMA Food boxes by midday tomorrow and we’ll deliver it on Friday afternoon. We’ll keep your information completely confidential.”
  • Gregory Dance shared a clear animated chart showing that covid-19 kills at a rate of 4 to 1 against influenza.
  • Amplify stroud shared an interview –  Ben Norris spoke to the founders of Stroud Lockdown Radio to hear about how they’re keeping the community connected in isolation.  This is the first post in the Amplify Vibes series, where we take a break from political discussion to look at Stroud’s rich culture of music and arts.
  • Jennie Smith of Stroud Green Party shared that “Stroud Greens next #CloudCafe will look at the International Response to #COVIDー19 & how different countries are tackling the pandemic around the world – Non-members welcome!  The event will start at 7.30pm, attendees can join from 7.15pm”
  • We’d really like more moderators and admins for our Facebook group and website. Current moderators can help you understand your role and support you in working with the technology. Please get in touch:
  • We now have 4,328 members! Please invite your friends to grow this community. And please do introduce yourself and let us know anything you’d like to see in the group related to coronavirus and how we can work together to get through the pandemic and its impacts.
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Summary of key local, national and international news

We are now providing our main summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis rather than daily





Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website. The following numbers may be useful:

  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
  • Mind: 0300 123 3393
  • Age UK: 0800 169 6565
  • Childline: 0800 1111.

Thanks to everyone who helped create this update through our Facebook group. If you submit posts, we will often decline posting them to the discussion directly and instead hold them till the single daily summary – to try to reduce the number of posts in the feed and make it easier for people to follow the information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose with the appropriate flag: one of REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION / COMMENTARY.