Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 29th June 2020
|Present||Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair) & Deputy Mayor William Collins, (Marazion Town Council), Julia Greig (All Saints Church) , Paul Elliott (Mz Chamber of Commerce), Jenny Rainbow (Head Teacher Marazion School), Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group), Rev Paul Benney (Methodist),
Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery).
|Apologies||Cllr Gabbie Reynolds|
|Minutes||Minutes of 22nd June duly approved for publication on Marazion.info website.|
|Matters arising||Letter of thanks to Morrisons Community Champion to Alison Charmin from Marazion school – Cards sent from JR and from the children. JR met Ali personally last week and said thanks.
Open High Street Fund was an agenda item was deferred until the next Town Council meeting as Cllr Britten was unavailable to report his findings.
|Town Council||DL said the representative from Home Group (an Empowering Independent Authority Outreach Service), will attend next Monday’s zoom meeting.
DL updated the group on the upgrade planned for the Gwallon Lane playground. WC said there would need to follow government guidance on the playground to reduce the spread of corona virus. The latest Government guidance for re-opening playgrounds is as below:
PE asked given the litter problem highlighted on beaches, and the likely increase in visitor numbers from 4th July, when would bins be replaced on ‘seafront’? DL said Harvey Thomas from SAE was going to update on this shortly.
WC highlighted the problem with the chip shop which does not provide a bin outside the shop.
|Chamber of Commerce||PE said businesses are gearing up to open on 4th July with risk assessment being a priority. A new industry standard called “We’re Good To Go” has been introduced by Visit England in partnership with the national tourist organisations Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for all sectors of the tourism industry, as well as reassurance to visitors that businesses have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.
MK said that VJ had told him her self catering cottage was fully booked until November and asked the position with other accommodation.
PE said that all 25 of the Marazion cottages once managed by St Michaels Coastal Cottages were fully booked right through until September at least. Wheal Rodney camp site was fully booked, so it’s likely that all accommodation is taken for the rest of the season, which is good news for local business, but a source of concern for many residents who fear tourists will bring the virus with them.
PE said that tourists have been following the same guidelines as Cornwall and would not want to take the virus back with them either, so it is hoped common sense will prevail and they will respect social distancing and other measures.
DL pointed out that social distancing is a two way thing and local people should keep their distance from anyone if they are vulnerable or concerned.
PE said it will seem extra busy in Marazion from July as the town has essentially been empty of visitors since October.
Although Marazion accommodation is fully booked there is no extra accommodation in town this year (In fact there is less with no Mount Haven Hotel and the Blue Horizon B&B changing to a private dwelling).
PE said he doubted we would suffer a ‘Bournemouth’ type overcrowding event because Marazion is beyond the range of ‘out of county day trippers’. (At the time of the Bournemouth event most of those on the beach would have been on furlough and the children would have been at school. All accommodation in Bournemouth was closed, so the vast majority on the beach would have been day trippers).
The Mount will now be an advance ticket venue so it will be interesting to see how many people come to the town to visit the Mount this year.
From a Chamber perspective sorry to report that The Rigging will be closing in September due to the rent rise by the owner Peter Hall which cannot be paid for given the drop in customers through covid. The Rigging is also closing their St Ives Shop and will just concentrate on their remaining shop in Porthleven.
|MzCSG||MK said he is back working at the Helston office.
Call volume had been low again this week.
MK has spoken with the regular people he shops for and advised them a different volunteer might shop for them in future although he will shop and maintain contact with JH.
Prescriptions are still being delivered by reliable team of volunteers and everything is ticking along nicely.
|School||JR Said school is open with a shorter school day of 9am – 2pm or 9.30 to 2.30pm. Children from essential workers stay 9am to 3pm.
Shorter days are possible by having shorter meal breaks and play times. Still no whole school assemblies and social distancing as much as possible. Children are adapting well – waving at each other across the playground and respecting each other’s space.
JR said it’s important to keep an eye on how children are coping – some are stressed and say so, others are stressed and don’t say anything. As restrictions are eased some children feel more exposed and are more worried. – This also applies to adults.
Some parents say they are back to work and may not need food parcels over the summer which is great news. Food parcels will still be provided to families in need.
More good news is that free school meal vouchers will be provided through the school holidays.
Last day of term is 17th July, but staff will be on site until 21stJuly.
Staff are busy preparing for full reopening to all pupils in September.
There will be no essential worker school provision during school holidays as the Government have said that paid childcare provision can now be used.
DL said he really missed visiting the school and having contact with the children.
The Government say they may fine parents who do not send children back to school in September. Shielding ends in July/August so theoretically children from families with health risk factors can return but may prefer not to send children back. Such families could apply for home schooling which is a relatively simple application. They are inspected once a year to make sure all is going well.
JB said it is important that children get to school and don’t miss out on their education.
|Surgery||JB said there had been no real change over the last week. Some patients are saying they prefer the online e-consult system, but doctors value face to face because when you know a patient and see them in person it helps in assessing how ill they are. Non verbal communication between doctors and patients is important and is hampered by having to wear masks and visors.
There are now only 6 chairs in the waiting area.
Antibody testing can be done at the surgery when patients attend for another matter, but not stand alone at the moment.
Testing will soon be available on the NHS…. Don’t waste money going private.
Covid testing seems patchy in Cornwall. A member of surgery staff this week had to drive to Plymouth to be tested which isn’t ideal when you’re feeling poorly.
MK said the mobile testing unit comes to Penzance on specific dates. PE to check re mobile testing dates are scheduled.
JB said it will be interesting to see how many people go down with the ‘normal’ seasonal flu virus as winter approaches. There is a danger that when people get coughs and colds they will assume they have covid and self isolate meaning there will be lots of work sick leave.
|PE check re mobile testing dates for Pz|
|Churches||PB said that the Methodist circuit had decided not to open churches for private prayer or services until probably August. This was due to being able to fulfill the government guidance and recognition that many of the congregation were in the vulnerable category.
PE shared a piece he had seen on why a church needn’t open at present.
JG said All Saints Church would be opening on Sunday 5thfor a service at 4.00pm and again on Wednesday for a morning service. The following Sunday there would be a morning service at 9.45am.
There have been two church funerals this week which went off well. Everybody attending had to sanitise hands on entry and leave their name and telephone number (for test and trace follow ups if necessary) and were asked to report if they developed symptoms within 7 days. People were told where to sit to maintain social distancing. There are pews for couples and family groups. Afterwards everything had to be wiped down.
Around 50 people attended each funeral and found it to be much better than the graveside services which were the only option previously.
Good news is that the Church Hall building work should be completed this week. The hall won’t be made available for hire immediately.
|AOB||WC said that he expected visitors to be very cautions. Now that restrictions have eased he has seen more people in face masks so it seems people are taking things very seriously. He stressed the need to keep hands away from mouth and face because that’s how the virus will spread. JR said her son had visited from Bristol area and was surprised how many people in Truro were not wearing face coverings…. Perhaps we have been too complacent down here and we need to be really careful.|
|Next zoom meeting – 8.00pm Monday 6th July||
|These minutes will be presented for approval at the next meeting on 6th July.|