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A county council fund that has already provided a £155,000 lifeline to help communities through Coronavirus is to be extended.
Our COVID-19 Support Fund has already helped over 100 organisations and groups, and is now making a further £124,000 available.
The money is available to help groups to recover and adapt, and to get their activities up and running again, as well as to continue supporting people through the crisis.
In March 2020, each county councillor was given £2,500 to support community groups in their area, but they now have a further £2,000 available.
Community groups interested in making an application for the fund should speak to their local county councillor in the first instance. Groups have until 30 October 2020 to make their application.
People in Staffordshire are being urged to answer the call and follow the advice if contacted by NHS Test and Trace on 0300 013 5000.
Now lockdown measures have eased further and businesses such as pubs and hairdressers have reopened, residents are being asked to play their part and follow the NHS test and trace advice to prevent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Staffordshire.
The key test and trace advice is:
- self-isolate and book a test immediately if you have Covid-19 symptoms; a new continuous cough, high temperature or the loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- if you test positive for the virus, you must alert the NHS to the people you have had close contact with for longer than 15 minutes and the places you have visited
- if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days, whether you have symptoms or not
If called by 0300 013 5000, please do not ignore the call or block the number.
Those using public transport must wear a face covering to help ensure the transport is as safe as possible as more people return to work and travel to go shopping.
Wearing face coverings on public transport is a legal requirement and transport operators can refuse travel if passengers don't comply.
Guidance for making face coverings at home can be found on the Government's website.
It is also advisable to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible and where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet. For example, in some shops.