The Countryside Alliance has released an updated statement on the new regulations on social gatherings that came into force in England at midnight on 14th September. The regulations, and new 'rule of six', do however, include exemptions for sporting and outdoor activities which will allow many rural activities, including hunting and shooting, to continue under strict Covid protocols. You can read more about it here.
The impact that COVID-19 is going to have on our lives is beginning to unfold and there are going to be some uncertain months ahead but that's where the strength of our rural communities must pull together and act as one.
Here at the Countryside Alliance, we are on hand to support you, listen to your concerns and act where necessary to ensure our countryside and its communities remain strong, safe and resilient. With this in mind, we have created a hub where we can support those within our rural communities by providing the information you need. From clear signposting to the relevant information from Government and other essential services to ideas on how to support your own community, this hub will give you the opportunity to share your ideas and connect with others around you at a time when isolation and loneliness are rife.
Additional key information
You can find additional key information listed on the left hand side (desktop) or in the drop down menu above (mobile devices). From clear signposting to the relevant information from Government and other essential services, to ideas on how to support your own community, our hub will give you the opportunity to share your ideas and connect with others around you at a time when isolation and lonliness are rife.
You can also visit our new website Community Cheer - a brand new resource featuring positive stories and updates from communities up and down the country. We will be highlighting local stories, as well as featuring book reviews, ideas for activities and other useful tips for coping with quarantine. Remember, you are not alone.
Financial help and rights
It’s an anxious and upsetting time for many of us and while the primary concern is the health of our families and communities, our financial wellbeing is also important. If you’re worried about paying the mortgage or rent, about debt and credit cards or how sick pay and benefits will work, we recommend you visit the Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert website. He is a well-respected financial journalist and many of you will know him from his work with the BBC. These pages are being constantly updated and you can sign up for his newsletter too.
It is important to note that with the fast-moving nature of the current situation, we will try our best to keep you informed on the most up-to-date news that becomes available but people should be aware of the time stamps of any news and/or stories that they read both online and in print.