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Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck and Coronavirus COVID19

Update 27th March 2020

Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.


Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three new measures.

    Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

    Closing certain businesses and venues.

    Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Every person in the UK must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

The government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.


Last update 23 March 2020

For Visitors

From Dorset County Council: Visitors and second-home owners asked to stay away from Dorset to help stop the spread of Coronavirus

At Virtual Swanage we urge anyone thinking of traveling to Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck during the Coronavirus outbreak to think carefully before heading to your holiday destination or second homes.

We are asking people to postpone visiting Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck until a later date, when they will find Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck the same welcoming and beautiful place.

The local supermarkets are already struggling to maintain stock levels and our elderly population are already having problems purchasing food and supplies without the added load of many additional visitors.

Our elderly population are at the highest risk from Coronavirus and even if you feel fine and do not show any symptoms you can still be infectious to other people before your own symptoms appear.

The NHS in Dorset has limited intensive care facilities and will quickly be overloaded if there is a large increase in patients needing critical care.

The advice from the UK Government is currently to social distance and avoid any unnecessary travel apart from going to work, emergencies and shopping for food.

Nearly all local events and festivals have now been cancelled or are under review pending Government recommendations and advice.

The following links should be used for further information relating to COVID-19.

NHS Coronavirus webpage can be found here www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Regular updates from the UK Government can be found www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For Residents

Dorset County Council information. www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic many local businesses are now offering free home delivery for their customers in and around Swanage.

The Purbeck Businesses Facebook group are maintaining a list of businesses and shops who are offering local delivery of their products.

The Swanage Community Coronavirus Response group on Facebook has useful information and resources.

Swanage Indies Delivery Service to help support anyone self-isolating and social distancing in Purbeck with food deliveries from your favourite Swanage shops.

Call each shop direct to order & they will work together to deliver to your door.

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