Covid-19 – The Latest In Winchester

23
March
2020

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IN LIGHT OF THE PRIME MINISTER’S MESSAGE, AND THE RAPIDLY MOVING SITUATION THAT WE’RE NOW IN, THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED.

WE WILL OPEN A NEW PAGE AS SOON AS THE SITUATION CHANGES AND WITH FURTHER REACTION.

  • People are still advised to stay at home for 7 days if they show any symptoms – and also requests that children are not left with older relatives;
  • Primark has announced it’s closing all stores with immediate effect;
  • Costa to close from Monday 23 March;
  • Greggs to close from Tuesday 24 March;
  • South Western Railway will be running a reduced timetable with one train per hour each way between Bournemouth and London Waterloo;
  • Schools in England are now closed EXCEPT FOR children of key workers, until further notice;
  • Exams will not take place in May and June;
  • Vouchers will be given for free school meals;
  • Naomi House and Jacksplace have suspended all respite care to focus on end-of-life care service: “We did not feel we could encourage large numbers of high risk individuals to congregate here in the hospice building.”Covid-19
  • Theatre Royal in Winchester calls off live shows until further notice, but the cafe will remain openCovid-19
  • Image: the inside of the Theatre Royal under dust sheets © Theatre Royal Winchester
  • Hampshire Hospitals have introduced visiting restrictions at the RHCH… visiting patients in inpatient wards or escorting them in outpatient departments will not be permitted unless exceptional circumstances apply;
  • Winchester’s City Mill is closed until further notice;
  • Winchester Fashion Week will now take place from Monday 26th – Friday 30th October;
  • The Railway Inn has set up an emergency fundraiser. Click here to find out more.
  • Wessex Cancer Trust has closed the Chandler’s Ford drop-in centre but will ‘up’ its online content and advice;
  • The Watercress Line railway is closed with immediate effect until the end of May, to protect customers, volunteers and staff;
  • Winchester City Football Club have set up an emergency fundraiser because of the bad weather and now Covid-19. Click here for more details;
  • The Bramdean Village Fete 2020 has been called off until further notice. The Wakefield family have very kindly agreed to host a village tea party at Bramdean House later in the year, the details of which are currently undecided;
  • Cheriton Players have postponed the ‘Murder Weapon’ production until 4th-7th November Click here to book for the new dates;
  • Cheriton Village Hall has been closed until further notice;
  • Hampshire Scouts say they’re doing all they can to support local Districts and Groups during this time, and that Scouting UK is coming up with programme ideas that can be done at home;
  • Blue Apple Theatre will start sending out online content to keep their members active. The General Manager is Simon Morris: “We know that disruption to routines is challenging for all people but especially for those with learning disabilities and we’re keen to continue offering some class activities using technology and ‘social distancing’ through this unprecedented period.”
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  • Landlords will not be able to start eviction proceedings against tenants for at least three months;
  • Michael Ockwell from the Mayflower says that sadly they’ve had to bring the curtain down temporarily. All performances up to and including Sunday 24th May are either cancelled or postponed and he says he is in contact with Producers and Promoters for all shows going forward and will keep us updated as and when they have information to share;
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  • Hampshire Archives have told us that the Hampshire Record Office is now closed. The staff will continue to do all they can to answer questions by email.
  • Hampshire libraries service is increasing online content for those stuck at home during the pandemic. All county council run libraries are now closed. Maximum amount that can be borrowed has increased. All fines for overdue items will be frozen for three months.