April Fool Free Zone – Social security payments & parks/allotment advice

Anglea Herkes from Facebook

We’ve been sent this link re Social Security payments some of you may find helpful https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/news/social-security-scotland-service-throughout-covid-19-1

The Citizens Advice line is also up an running again. Contact details again are: –

Advice, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Phone:                          01506 432977

E-mail:                          enquiries@cabwestlothian.casonline.org.uk

Text:                             07712305764


During lockdown we hope to continue our Kirknewton History Project. Tomorrow we are going to give details of a free gift for kids (P4 to S2) that will help them during lockdown to participate in the Kirknewton History Project. Meantime adults and children can start filling in our short survey to share your Kirknewton history – a perfect project during lockdown. Anything you’d like to share about your life in Kirknewton, any Kirknewton stories you have to tell, any Kirknewton history you are aware of, any history you’d like to know more about that we can include in the final story when we put it all together in comic book form. User the link here and find out more about the history of Kirknewton on our website https://kirknewton.info/kirknewton-history/

Covid-19 Update for West Lothian Parks, Children’s Play Parks and Allotments

Our parks can be used for exercise as long as the guidance on social distancing is adhered to. See below for details. Please avoid, where possible, touching potentially contaminated surfaces in parks including play equipment, gym equipment, park furniture, handrails and signage etc.

Play Parks and Outdoor Gyms

It is very important that there is no use of children’s play parks and outdoor gyms. Children’s play areas and outdoor gyms are closeduntil further notice. Please do not gather at benches, picnic tables or anywhere else. Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together have been banned.

If your allotment site is open and you visit your allotment as your daily exercise, you must adhere to the guidance on social distancing and hygiene. Handwashing is especially important before and after touching shared surfaces such as gates and taps. Shared indoor spaces on allotment sites should not be used, to minimise the risk of virus transmission.  

The Scottish Government has published the following statement on allotment sites during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Decisions on whether or not to keep allotment sites open during the COVID-19 outbreak are currently a matter for local authorities and other allotment owners. Those wishing to access allotments should note that the Scottish Government has instructed people to stay at home. The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 prohibit any person from leaving the place they are living without a reasonable excuse, and ban public gatherings of more than two people. People over the age of 70 are advised to self-isolate.

Scottish Government advice regarding COVID-19 can be accessed via the following links: 
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know 

NHS Inform guidance

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

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