West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #20 October-November 2020

This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

https://www.wyjs.org.uk/trading-standards/covid-19-resources/

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Diabetes and Covid-19 key messages

Do you have diabetes?  Or do any of your friends or family have diabetes?

Have you heard or read anything about diabetes and Covid-19?

Having diabetes does not mean you are more likely to get Covid-19. You are no more likely to catch coronavirus than somebody without diabetes.

But some research has shown that if you do catch Covid and you have diabetes then you could be at higher risk of becoming more seriously ill.

The good news is that if your diabetes is well controlled then your risk of becoming more seriously ill is significantly reduced.

Top Tips to help get and keep your diabetes under control

  • Be active – Being physically active helps to control your blood sugar levels. Try and do some physical activity every day. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym or playing sport. A short walk or some energetic housework each day will really make a difference.
  • Lose weight – If your doctor has told you that you are overweight then losing even a small amount of weight can help to control your diabetes. A moderate amount of weight loss can even put your diabetes in remission (This is when your blood sugar levels are below the diabetes range).
  • Take your medication – If you have been prescribed medication to control your diabetes make sure  you take the right dose at the right time of day as advised by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
  • Attend appointments – you might be invited by your GP practice to have a check up appointment. It is important that you accept the appointment so that the health care professionals can see how you are doing and make sure you are in the best possible health. If you are invited for a face to face appointment the doctor/nurse will be wearing PPE and there will be appropriate social distancing to keep you safe. You might be offered a telephone appointment instead.

If you or a loved one have been told that you don’t have diabetes yet but that you are at high risk of developing diabetes then the tips above to be more active, lose weight and attend any appointments you are offered are just as important.  There is also a service available to help people at risk of diabetes to move out of the ‘high risk’ zone. Google Diabetes UK Know Your Risk to find out more and see if you are eligible.

Coronavirus cases are rising – we’re in this together.

We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale.

There have been instances where people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have not followed advice to isolate.

It’s really important to isolate if you’ve tested positive for #Covid19UK or have any of the symptoms. Or if you’ve been identified as a contact by @NHSCOVID19app. It WILL save lives!

You may be entitled to financial assistance of £500 if you’ve been told to self-isolate, and meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more and apply 👉https://crowd.in/lJYIug

www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus

Local restrictions in Calderdale to tackle Coronavirus

Tier 2

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here…

As of Wednesday 14th October, restrictions in Calderdale are changing.

Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions. (Announced by the Government on Monday 12th October 2020.)

There are three tiers in the new system:

  • Tier 1 – Medium Alert level. The minimum level of restrictions applicable to all of England.
  • Tier 2 – High Alert level. Applies in certain geographical areas or nationally. This is when there has been a rise in COVID-19 transmission, which cannot be contained through local responses.
  • Tier 3 – Very High Alert level. Triggered in certain geographical areas or nationally when:
    • Tier 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus;
    • or where there has been a significant rise in transmission.

The Tier 2 restrictions, which apply throughout Calderdale from Wednesday 14th October, are as follows. The main difference, compared to the previous local restrictions, is that more than one household, up to the rule of six, can meet outdoors in private gardens and open spaces, as well as outside in hospitality, retail and leisure settings. However, more than one household must still not meet inside homes or indoors in hospitality, retail and leisure venues.

In addition to the national restrictions which apply to the whole country, in Calderdale these restrictions also apply:

  • People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed in law.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • Informal carers can provide care for children and vulnerable adults. Children under 14 can be cared for by people outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble. Children’s groups and supervised activities in private homes are permitted, as is registered and wraparound childcare.

It is important that we all follow these measures to do our bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale.

Source Article in the Calderdale Council website

Calderdale named High Risk Area for Covid-19

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here…

Calderdale has been recognised as an area of concern with regards to Covid-19, particularly due to its proximity to Covid-19 hotspots.

We are all encouraged to be more cautious about our habits and behaviour in public. Please bear in mind the following guidelines :

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain a 2m distance where possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t exchange visits with other households
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.
  • Keep yourself informed
  • Isolate if you have symptoms

If you suspect you have Coronavirus, get tested

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Looking for Community Covid19 Champions

Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

You could be just the person we are looking for!

We are looking to recruit volunteer Community Covid19 Champions to help share information within communities and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

Community Covid19 Champions    

  • Receive the latest information, updates and advice about Covid-19.oun
  • Share the information with other people in their community however they want to. This could be conversations with family & friends, via social media or any other way they choose.
  • Let us know what is and isn’t working in their community so we can make sure we respond together in the way that will work best for each community.
  • Have access to regular support meetings to ask questions and provide feedback.

With a wider understanding of Covid-19, Government guidance and local information Community Covid19 Champions can help protect themselves, their family, friends and work mates.

To find out more about becoming a Community Covid19 Champion please contact Samrann.Manshah@calderdale.gov.uk.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #19 September-October 2020

This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

https://www.wyjs.org.uk/trading-standards/covid-19-resources/

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe