COVID-19 Community Advice Page
Irthlingborough Town Council has set up this page in order to help signpost the local community, to local and national help/advice in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We will be updating this page regularly, as and when new information comes in.
Local Community Support Groups and Services
- Facebook Community Support Group
- SEMLEP Growth Hub - Support and advice for local businesses
- Police Advice
Northamptonshire Police is preparing to up its enforcement activity against those who continue to flout the COVID-19 restrictions in the county.
The Force has not issued any fines for non-compliance so far, preferring to adopt an approach which seeks to educate people, engage with them and explain how their behaviour could affect others.
While the majority of the public have been fantastic in staying inside, with police officers on foot patrol sharing photos of the many empty spaces across the county, a small minority have chosen to break the rules, greatly frustrating those people who have made a positive choice to stay inside.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: "Firstly, I want to thank the majority of people in Northamptonshire who have risen to this unprecedented challenge and saved lives by staying at home. Please do not think we underestimate how much of an ask this has been and we do really appreciate your support.
"Sadly, there are a small minority of people in this county who continue to flout the restrictions despite how hard we have tried to engage with them, and considering what is at stake here, this is hugely disappointing.
"NHS staff are dying on the frontline fighting this deadly disease and over 85,000 people have lost their lives worldwide because of it. COVID-19 has taken people of all ages away from their families far too soon - sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, partners, friends.
"And yet some people are still breaching the restrictions put in place solely to protect them and the people they love. Rightly and understandably, this is starting to greatly frustrate those members of the public who are following the rules.
"This is why we will be upping our enforcement activity and fining people who are found to be breaching the COVID-19 restrictions, be it people gathering in public or at other people's homes, or making journeys that are not essential."
Northamptonshire Police can issue penalty notices of £60 where they have reason to believe there has been an offence under the regulations. These penalties are doubled for each repeat offence up to a £960 cap.
Chief Constable Adderley, added: "Once again I would like to thank the majority of the public who are supporting us and the NHS by only going out to make essential journeys.
National Advice and Support
- Latest Government advice - Regularly updated information for the public on the outbreak, including the current situation in the UK and advice about the virus and its symptoms, as well as statements from the Chief Medical Officer on confirmed cases in the UK. The Government has published its Coronavirus action plan, which outlines what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
Public Health England has produced a dashboard with information on confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The Government has published its Coronavirus action plan, which outlines what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
- Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses- This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses
- Government information about coronavirus and claiming benefits – including information on Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay claims
- MIND - Mind has produced information on coronavirus and mental wellbeing.