Covid-19 Update, 25 March


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As Winchester goes into a second day of lockdown and further requests to stay at home, Hampshire Road Policing have tweeted to ask that everyone plays their part.

They say that Policing by Consent underpins this country.

Officers say they understand the strains in Winchester are huge right now but observance of the current rules is vital to save lives. They say if we all can do this without police intervention that says SO much about the UK & society.


Here’s a message from the much-loved Hawk Conservancy Trust in Hampshire, for anyone worried about the birds: “With the government’s announcement on Monday 23 March 2020 regarding COVID-19, the Trust is closed for the foreseeable future.


“It is vital to reduce the spread of this terrible virus and keep our visitors, staff and volunteers as safe and healthy as possible.

“Rest assured that we have measures in place to make sure our birds are well-cared for while we are closed; that is our top priority.

“In order to do that, we need to do our best to ensure we have a strong and healthy Bird Team to take care of our birds, themselves and their families.

“Gary Benton, our Head of Living Collection, has devised a rota that ensures social distancing between the team members whilst caring for our birds.”


The leader of Hampshire County Council, Keith Mans has told us he wants to reassure all of us that the Council is working closely with Public Health England, local NHS partners and other agencies to ensure we are all well prepared as the situation develops.

He says that like the government the overall objective remains to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

To meet this objective he says he wants to ensure critical local services to all of us in Winchester are maintained.


Winchester’s MP has for the fourth time in less than 24-hours raised in the House of Commons the issue of help needed for his self employed constituents.

Steve Brine said something needed to be put in place for them to be able to pay council tax bills and the like.

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