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Statement from the Mayor – Coronavirus Crisis

Great Torrington has been in lockdown for one week now and I thought I would give an update to our community.

Firstly, I must encourage everyone to comply with the latest government advice in relation to only leaving your home either to: attend front-line work, buy essential shopping, or a once per day exercise session.  In addition, when anyone must leave their home for any of these reasons, to keep two metres apart from anyone else and continually wash hands for up to 20 seconds as often as you can. I note that footfall has reduced and I would like to thank everyone who has complied by these rules.  If anyone remains in doubt and hasn’t been complying, please do!

Secondly; I would like to pass on a big, “thank you” to the Royal Mail for delivering contact leaflets to every home in the community last Monday. We are very grateful for the part they have played in ensuring a contact number was delivered to everyone, meaning that no-one should be confused as to who to phone, should they need some help. If there is anyone who did not receive this leaflet, please call the Town Council on 01805 626135 and we will ensure you receive one, along with the list of local contacts and shops etc.

The Council’s Task Force has seen help delivered to over 60 people this past week.  Officers are working hard to compile a list of volunteers and then match the volunteers with isolated and vulnerable member living in our community.  The highest need has been in relation to picking up prescriptions.  We are also able to connect clients to volunteers who are happy to give social phone calls, which is a really important service as people continue to isolate from society.  We have also been offering to shop for and deliver essential goods, but we do ask that people endeavour to order goods over the phone and/or on-line and pay at the same time to save the volunteers from needing to handle cash. A list of providers was sent to every home in the community. 

Again, I would like to thank every volunteer who has come forward and selflessly offered their help. I am hearing some lovely stories of relationships already growing and this all goes to promote a closer community longer term.

We have no idea where this new week will take us, but I am confident that as we pull together as a community, we will work through any new challenges we have to face.

Cllr Keeley Allin, 
Mayor of Great Torrington