Please help us to keep our citizens safe

Ryedale District Council is urging everyone to stick to public health guidelines after a spike in the rate of COVID infection in Ryedale in November. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Wear a face covering in public indoor settings. Respect social distancing and stay 2m apart.

If you have symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) self-isolate and don’t leave home except to get a test. Tests can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. There are mobile testing facilities at Thornton le Dale and Malton. The available testing sites nearest to you will come up when you book your test.

Useful contacts

If you are self-isolating, and do not have family, friends or neighbours to help, you can get support with shopping for food and other essentials, collecting prescriptions, caring for pets, getting online and using technology to talk to friends and family or delivering books, magazines and hobby materials. The helpline number for the Ryedale Community Support Organisation is: 07922 421326.

Workers who can’t work and have lost their income because they are self-isolating, can apply for financial help through the Test and Trace Support Grant. Information and applications at www.ryedale.gov.uk/covid-19-2020/test-and-trace-support-payments.html

Certain businesses that have been forced to close due to lockdown may be eligible for the government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant. Information and applications at https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/covid-19-2020/support-for-business

If you think you will face difficulties paying your mortgage or rent, Ryedale District Council’s Housing Team may be able to help. They can negotiate with landlords, refer you for debt advice, look for charity payments and advise about benefit entitlements. They can also refer you to a range of specialist support agencies if appropriate. Contact the Housing Team through the council switchboard on 01653 600 666 or send an email to housing@ryedale.gov.uk

There’s a wealth of further advice and guidance for individuals, communities and businesses available on the Ryedale District Council Coronavirus pages.