The community site to combat coronavirus
We are not able to give medical advice, please contact 111 on-line or call your GP or call 111 out-of-hours.
Pulling Together Ludlow is a coalition of groups in Ludlow, including the Portcullis and Station Drive GPs, Hands Together Ludlow and the Pulling Together Ludlow Facebook group. We have set up this site to help the community act together deal with the coronavirus. Our emphasis is on connecting people who want to help with people who need help. We do not want to duplicate official guidance that is available elsewhere.
HTL continues to operate as it has done since the end of the last lockdown. The Helpline and all our volunteer services ARE STILL THERE FOR YOU. The Pulling Together Ludlow Facebook group and NextDoor.com for Ludlow are also means for the community to keep in touch and help each other.
11th June 2021 Ludlow COVID-19 PCR testing site to be replaced with mobile testing unit
The COVID-19 PCR testing site in Ludlow is due to close on Saturday 12 June 2021, to allow the car park to return to its former use.
Following consultation with local Shropshire Councillors and Ludlow Town Council, it was agreed that the facility would be removed from Smithfield car park as it is now needed for car parking purposes.
It will be replaced by a mobile testing unit (MTU) located at Ludlow Eco Park from Thursday 17 June 2021.
In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive is asked to book a PCR test via the Government’s website or by calling 119, and you will be directed to the nearest site with availability.
More information here: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2021/06/ludlow-covid-19-pcr-testing-site-closing/
New pick up points set-up for free Covid lateral flow test kits in Shropshire
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time.
CHANGES FROM 17 May 2021
- Indoor entertainment and attractions.
- 30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households (subject to review).
- Domestic overnight stays.
- Organised indoor adult sport.
- Most significant life events (30).
- Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances).
- Remaining accommodation.
- Some large events (expect for pilots) – capacity limits apply.
- Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%.
- Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%.
- Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%.
- International travel – subject to review.
CHANGES from 12th April 2021
- Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups.
- Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.
- Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
- Libraries and community centres.
- Personal care premises.
- All retail.
- Outdoor hospitality.
- All children’s activities, indoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).
- Domestic overnight stays (household only).
- Self-contained accommodation (household only).
- Funerals (30), wakes, weddings and receptions (15).
- Minimise travel. No international holidays.
- Event pilots begin.
CHANGES from 8th March 202
From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing:
- you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted
- pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings will be able to return to face-to-face education
- wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances
- students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities or complete assessments will be able to return
- there will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel
- those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure
- the rules on visiting care homes will change to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor
No further significant changes will be made on 8 March and restrictions requiring you to stay at home will remain in place. Later changes, including from 29 March, are set out in the roadmap.
The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised not to attend work, school or education until 31 March.
We have set up a helpline for those who need help.
We are starting with food deliveries. If you need help, please call this number:
01584 817 250
At present, the help line is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. At other times, when the number is in use and all day Sunday, please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible. These times may change in the future. Please be patient, we are busy.
When you call the number, you will be asked to press “0” (zero) to proceed. We have done this so that we can add more options in the future, if needed.
We are collecting information about people who would like to volunteer. This could be help with shopping, talking on the telephone or social media to someone who is in self-isolation or helping us by taking calls on the helpline for an hour or two each day. You can email this information to us using this link or use the downloadable forms below or use the ‘Contact’ option at the top of this page.
If you are a person who is regarded as ‘extremely vulnerable’ by the NHS, you should have received a letter from them about this in the last week or so and, as a result, you will be known to the local authorities etc. If you think you (or anyone you know) are in this group and have NOT received a letter, CONTACT YOUR GP. More information is available here.