Tuesday 7 July 2020

Key Updates

  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do since 4th July. The government has produced a Frequently Asked Questions webpage covering national guidance for England (excluding local lockdowns) It covers the following:

1) Gatherings, public spaces, and activities

2) Vulnerable groups, shielding, 70 year olds and over, and care homes

3) Going to work / Closed businesses / Safer spaces

4) Workers’ rights

5) Public Transport

6) Schools and Childcare

7) Borders / international visitors, and finally links to equivalent guidance for the 

8) Devolved administrations

You can read the full FAQ at: 

This link sets out guidance from the government that enables certain behaviour. Please bear in mind that there is debate about the timing and appropriateness of these measures (including from the Independent SAGE group of scientists), and some people in our community will not wish to take these risks.

  • James Bee shares “NHS England is launching a new service for people with ongoing health problems after having coronavirus.” BBC News reports that “Your Covid Recovery” will be an online portal for people in England to access tutorials, contact healthcare workers and track their progress:

Find their Facebook group at: 

  • Emily Miles also shared about breastfeeding support. “Breastfeeding support is available virtually while local group MOBS is not running as usual….This is an important message! So many mums soldier on without seeking support because they assume pain is to be expected. Our breastfeeding counsellors are on hand to support you- just book a free slot using the link” 
  • Sarah Dixon shared “a chart [which] offers a rough guide to risk levels which could be helpful in making choices in the coming weeks and months.” From Information is Beautiful 

Sarah Lancaster shared a masks tree in which you can pick up masks from a wide number of designated locations listed in the post.

  • We now have 4,376 members. We’ve shared 202 posts in the last month. 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.
  • Please take a look at the Group Purpose and Guidelines if you haven’t read them recently.

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


The drive through testing unit is open at Stratford Park Stroud  – If you have symptoms you can book a test via:   

“On Wednesday, 24 June at the first ever virtual meeting of the county council, councillors unanimously agreed to a series of events, to recognise and celebrate the exceptional efforts of residents, the NHS, social care and wider public sector workers, and to establish lasting memorials so we never forget both the volunteers and the tragic loss of life within Gloucestershire communities.” Read more: 




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.
  • NHS 111

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.