- Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 9th November 2020
|Present||Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair); Deputy Mayor William Collins; Cllr Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council); Rev. Paul Benney (Methodist); Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group); Julia Greig (All Saints Church); Paul Elliott (Marazion Chamber of Commerce); Jenny Rainbow (Marazion School)|
|Apologies||Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery)|
|Minutes||Minutes of meeting 26th October approved for circulation|
|Marazion Town Council||DL said it was a pity that JB or a representative from the surgery was not able to attend again as this was a medical pandemic and a surgery input was therefore important.
DL reported that the Town Council had decided to close both Marazion playgrounds during the lockdown. Whilst the closure had attracted negative comment DL said that it was justified because the lockdown rules required people to stay at home and not mix with others. No group gathering were allowed and children at school are kept in ‘bubbles’ to reduce the covid risk. If playgrounds were open this would encourage mixing. We are lucky to live with natures playground on our doorstep with the countryside and the beach available for exercise. Hopefully the lockdown rules would be relaxed in early December and playgrounds would reopen ASAP.
The toilets in Mz town centre are closed, as are the Folly Field. The Mount car parks are also locked.
DL said a homeless man who had been causing a nuisance around town and in All Saints Church had been referred to ‘Street Link’ and provided with accommodation. The bus stop on Higher Fore Street where he had been living has been cleared.
DL said the ‘unofficial official’ wreath laying at the war memorial took place on the Wednesday before lockdown. A video of the ceremony was released on facebook on Remembrance Sunday. Representatives from town organisation were invited to lay a wreath or a tribute at other times between Sunday and Armistice Day. Children from the school were painting stones to be laid at the memorial later in the week.
There had been 16 positive cases in Marazion and St Michaels Mount area (but that extended as far as St Erth and Gwinear & Gwithian).
It appears that most people had made a good recovery and experienced only minor symptoms, however sadly Les Hoskins had passed away after a positive test. There were no new cases in the last week.
GR said that test & trace was not working – her son Archie and his girlfriend both tested positive and self-isolated in a caravan out of town. He was not contacted by test & trace at all – and not told what he should do via the App which was very disappointing and suggest the system is not working.
JR said that she knew local people who had been contacted by test and trace, so it seemed that the service was inconsistent and patchy which was far from ideal.
|MzCSG||MK said the Covid number was still quiet with one prescription collected and a dog walking request was sorted.
The demand for support compared to the first spike was much lower, probably because the community had developed stronger neighbour relationships and were spontaneously supporting each other.
There was less panic compared to the spring lockdown. People knew what to expect and things like Click & Collect was well established. Measures at supermarkets and takeaways were well established with no panic buying or hoarding.
The weather was a factor in reducing the number of people out and about in the town and on the beaches.
MK asked whether more thought had been given to providing a morale boosting food parcel or gift at Christmas to older people who would feel very isolated this year. It was decided not to use the facebook page to ask for nominations. It was agreed that everybody had a part in identifying those in the community who would benefit.
DL said the news of a vaccine had lifted confidence that an end was in sight – however lost more hard work to do. The train can be seen coming in the distance, but it’s a way off just yet.
|Marazion Churches||PB said that the chapel would hold its first service on zoom next Sunday and depending how that goes it will continue throughout lockdown. On line pre-recorded services will continue on you tube.
PB said that Remembrance went well and was pleased we were able to commemorate this special occasion. DL said the remembrance parade and service was the thing he had missed as mayor most so far.
JG said the Rev Marns held a spontaneous wreath laying at the memorial on Sunday after the evening service.
JG said phone buddies and contact circles were ongoing and keeping people in touch.
All Saints Church would be open on Wednesday and Sundays – and on line services were continuing.
|Marazion School||JR said a few adjustments had been made due to changes in Government guidance but school organisation remains mostly the same. The school can do Breakfast Club but there are no after school clubs.
JR reported that parents can set up ONE informal childcare bubble with another family.
Obviously there had been some anxiety in school with the recent high number of local cases. 3 or 4 families were self-isolating but despite this the school still had high attendance.
Extra cleaning was ongoing and numbers in the staff room were limited.
The Gov’t had done a U turn on school meals and will be funding councils to provide free school meal vouchers during winter school holidays and possibly the summer holidays next year. The vouchers will be distributed through schools…. More details to follow.
|Chamber of Commerce||PE said on the whole businesses around town had done better than expected this season. Many businesses had been able to open until 4th July, but the fact that visitors could not travel overseas brought more domestic tourism and extended the season – September felt like August, October felt like September. November was set to go well until lockdown was imposed.
It was impressive to see businesses innovating in areas previously unseen – for example it is now possible to ‘visit’ Morvah in a 3D virtual reality format to browse the shop and buy online. Other shops are using online sales, mail order and utilising social marketing. Pubs & coffee shops had adapted well to offer takeaways or alternative outdoor seating due to limited space indoors and had been busy. Accommodation providers had enjoyed good bookings, albeit some had reduced capacity to enable social distancing in dining rooms.
MK said his Luggage Transfer business had seen a huge reduction in demand from 18,000 transfers to around 3,000 across the business (which includes walking holidays across the entire South West Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast Path). The reduction in international hikers and fewer referrals from walking companies like Macs Adventures had not been back filled with British hikers.
PE said there will be a zoom Chamber meeting on 19thNovember. DL and WC both asked to be invited – and will be welcome to attend.
|AOB||DL said the Councillors e-mails would be changing to a common format quite soon.|
|Next Meeting||Next Zoom meeting in 2 weeks time on Monday 23rd November @ 8pm.