Added on: 18th March, 2020 by O1
This page will be updated with links to information relating to Corona Virus (Covid-19) from Orpington businesses and organisations.
What do we know about Coronavirus?
For an overview of Corona Virus (Covid-19) click HERE
What are the government advising?
For the latest government advice click HERE
What support is on offer to Orpington businesses?
For information on the government's business support package click HERE
Which local restaurants are operating?
For a list of town centre restaurants offering takeaway and delivery click HERE
Which Shops are open in the town centre?
For information on shops open in the town centre click HERE
Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid is a group of local volunteers working together to offer support to those affected by Covid-19. To visit the Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group click HERE.
Everyone is urged not to use public transport for anything other than absolutely essential journeys.
For the latest from TFL click HERE
For the latest from Southeastern click HERE
For the latest from Thameslink click HERE
All schools in England are to shut on Friday 20th March except to children of key workers and the most vulnerable children.
The Department for Education has published a list of “key workers” whose children will be prioritised for schooling during general closures because of coronavirus. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday 23 March. The following are considered key workers:
Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.
Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.
Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.
Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.
Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.
Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.
More info HERE
On 23rd March the government ordered the closure of places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate family
All Saints Church have cancelled services until further notice.
Hope Church have cancelled services until further notice.
Orpington Baptist Church have cancelled services until further notice. They will be broadcast live from Facebook, Youtube & Zoom. From next week, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. A Meals on Wheels service is running providing home cooked meals delivered to your door for £5.
Orpington Methodist have cancelled services until further notice.
St John's URC have cancelled services until further notice.
London Borough of Bromley is welcoming enquiries from residents to help those most in need if it proves necessary over the course of coming months in response to COVID-19. Residents who want to volunteer to help with practical tasks locally to their area are being encouraged to register to volunteer so that contact can be made should their help be called upon.
CLICK HERE to sign up to the council's newsletter.
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