Coronavirus: Support group set up to help people in Whitby area

A new Facebook group has been set up for people in the Whitby area to support each other during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:21 am
A sign directs patients towards an NHS 111 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pod.

Called Stronger Together, Whitby District during COVID-19, it is to offer practical support for those who are self-isolating or on their own, such as delivering shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions and more.

The group says: “Our community is going to need to pull together.

“Whitby is notoriously good at this and many will already be vigilantly supporting neighbours and friends.”

West Cliff School had to close some of its classes this morning due to “significant” staff shortage with key stage one pupils being taught by their class teachers via an app on their school iPads.

Whitby Goth Weekend is still planning to go ahead from April 24 to 26 unless otherwsie instructed by the Government.

Organisers are following public health advice.

Whitby Museum will introduce reduced opening hours. From Saturday, the museum will be open from 10am until 3pm (last admission 2.30pm) Tues to Sun until further notice. If staffing does not allow, on occasion it may to close at short notice.

The museum’s library and archive will be closed to the public until further notice.

The tea room will be open Tue to Fri from 10.30am.

Whitby Lit and Phil public lectures will be postponed until a later date.

Business is open as usual at Whitby Leisure Centre, as are swimming lessons.

Staff are taking all precautions where cleanliness is concerned.

Whitby Group Practice has suspended its Same Day Assessment Clinic due to the increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK.

Patients who need to see a GP on the same day will have to ring the surgery to make an appointment, as you cannot walk into the surgery to do this.

Some local businesses are offering a free delivery service to households in the area.

Richardson and Smith confirm that sales will be conducted as normal, but ask that only buyers, vendors and hauliers carrying out business enter the market and sales premises.

Whitby Lifeboat Station will now only be accessible to crew on duty and those responding to their pagers.

Public Health England is advising people to stay at least two metres (about three steps) away from other people in the home, sleep alone, and stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online or if you have no internet access, call NHS 111.