Coronavirus Local Info

Hilton Parish Council, in co-ordination with the Town Trust, Women’s Institute, Church and Village Hall Committee, are looking to organise assistance to any family/individual who is having to self-isolate during this period of Coronavirus.

Co-ordination could include:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly telephone call
  • Advice regarding setting up Skype or other methods of online communication

Our point of contact is Nicola Webster, Clerk to the Council

Tel: 830605 Email:

Please contact if you would like assistance.

Coronavirus is contagious. Please note that the collection and delivery of items will be undertaken without charge, we will discuss with you how payment can be made for the goods as necessary.

This will be a doorstep delivery service to avoid physical contact.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this community effort, if you can help please contact Nicola.

Hilton Town Trust are also offering financial support to any Hilton individuals or families that are facing hardship as a result of this pandemic. For further information please contact Phil Wood, Clerk to the Town Trust on 830866 or

Further information is available on this website, the community website ( and the Parish Council’s Facebook page.

If you are self-isolating you could use the door sign below to alert delivery drivers and neighbours of your situation. If you are unable to print and would like one of these signs printed for you please contact Nicola Webster – or 830605

Coronavirus door sign

Information regarding local businesses that are offering services to help parishioners can be found on the community website –

The up to date information from central government can be found here:

There is also guidance on the new stay-at-home directive:


Top Tips

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has produced a poster showing some top tips for staying well whilst isolating. You can find a copy of this poster below:

TopTips for staying well

St Ives and Villages Local Shops

This website has just been set up by a kind parishioner (free of charge). It is a free website to help you get local deliveries, and support local suppliers during the coronavirus pandemic. If you know of any local suppliers or services that should be listed on this website please contact them and let them know.


Following the recent announcement from the government, the playground is now closed until further notice.

Jigsaw Exchange

Unfortunately, the Church is now closed in accordance with the Government directive so the Jigsaw Exchange is unavailable.


Following advice from the government regarding minimising contact, there will be no deliveries of Spectrum in paper format this month. An online copy can be found on the community website by clicking here

Village I-Spy

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Covid-19 Symptom Tracker

Parishioners are encouraged to use to track their symptoms, even if they are symptom free.

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company.

Please visit the website for further information.

Household Recycling Centres

  • Household Recycling Centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, all recycling centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be closed from today (Tuesday) until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus.

If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.

During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, garden waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish. Try to limit your food waste by home composting and using your freezer. If you have food waste it can be disposed of in your general waste bin or in Peterborough, people should put food waste in their food waste caddys as normal.

Stay at Home Guidance Diagram

This is a useful guide to self-isolating in the case of someone in your household being infected with the virus.


County Council Support Hub

Please find contact details for the support hubs below:

Covid-19 Co-ordination Hubs info and contacts

A COVID-19 coordination hub has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those in our communities who are most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are working closely with partners to call upon people across the county to get in touch if they can volunteer their time to help others in a co-ordinated effort, which will offer safe support and reassurance county and city wide.

The virtual hub – staffed by a range of council workers – will manage offers of help, thereby maximising support for communities, working alongside existing voluntary and community organisation partners.

The hub will link those who volunteer, with over 70s and others who fall within the vulnerable groups listed by the Government, who have been advised to self-isolate.

People can email and will be matched with those who need help based on their skills, time and willingness.

Adrian Chapman, service director for communities and safety for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, said: “We are seeing examples across the county of residents and communities setting up support groups which are working really effectively and mobilising people who can and want to support their neighbours.

“Our hub will work alongside those groups which are already in existence to ensure that together we can reach everyone who needs our support at this incredibly difficult time.

“If you are someone who wants to offer your help, but aren’t necessarily sure how or where you can do so, please get in touch. We will match people to roles which they are comfortable with, ranging from food delivery to personal care.

“We also want to hear from voluntary groups who are doing good work in our communities who might be struggling to continue to offer support because of reduced numbers or resources. Please email us if you need our help to continue doing what you are doing.”

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough hub is in support of a request from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to establish a national network of hubs to provide targeted support for those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

People who are already part of support groups in their community are being asked to continue to do so. Residents who want to help but are not sure where their skills can be best used, can get in touch with the hub.

There is also a video from Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and you can watch that video by clicking here

Changes to Cambridgeshire County Council library service from March 23rd

Following the Prime Minister’s words tonight about increasing social distancing by closing many social venues, the county council has taken swift measures to retain key functions of the library service across Cambridgeshire.

The council is doing this in a way which minimises the risk of infection to customers and staff as we face the COVID- 19 pandemic so from next week it plans to focus on an increased digital and online offer, and an appointments based system for all its libraries.

This means that from Monday 23 March, all Library buildings will close but the service is working to create an alternative offer including:

  • Appointments to use IT for those who most need it
  • A drop off / collection service for item reservations on an appointment basis – with items quarantined for 72 hours between loans

Government’s Statement on Coronavirus

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 8 April

The Government briefing today was led by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Key messages:

  • 232,718 have now been tested, 60,734 of these have tested positive (increase of 5,492 since yesterday), 7,097 have now died (increase of 938 since yesterday). Our thoughts are with their family and friends.
  • The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is receiving excellent care. He remains in intensive care where his condition is improving. He has been sitting up in bed and engaging with NHS staff.
  • This virus is indiscriminate – nearly everyone will know someone who has been affected
  • One of our greatest strengths as a country is our charitable effort, there are 170,000 charities registered in the UK and we all need the gentleness of charities in our lives. It gives us hope, it makes us stronger and it reminds us that we depend on each other. Therefore we are pledging:
    • £750m of funding for the charitable sector
    • £300m+ of funding for small charities in villages, market towns and cities who are looking after the vulnerable
    • £360m directly to charities supporting essential services as we battle Covid-19 (Citizen’s Advice, rough sleeper charities etc)

Government Daily Briefing update – Monday 6 April 

The Government briefing today was led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Key messages:

  • Our step by step action plan is aimed at slowing the spread to protect the pressure on the NHS
  • This Government has been increasing NHS capacity by increasing beds, key staff and equipment on frontline
  • That’s why we are instructing people to stay at home
  • 51,608 tested positive, 17,911 at hospital. Sadly, 5,373 died – our thoughts are with loved ones
  • This is a powerful reminder of why we need people to follow guidance
  • Prime Minister was admitted to hospital last night as he continues to have symptoms 10 days after getting the virus. He is in good spirits and continues to lead the government.

In addition

  • Government’s single over-riding priority is to defeat the virus
  • We are working with other governments and airlines to bring people home. For those travellers who are still stuck, we are doing everything we can to bring you home
  • Last night the Queen reflected on the national spirit of unity and resolve
  • All key workers are worthy of our applause – supermarket staff, carers etc, as well as NHS

Government Daily Briefing update – Friday 3 April

The Government briefing today was led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Key messages:

  • Slowing the spread of the virus, stay at home
  • We are boosting capacity of NHS, more beds, staff, equipment and treatment
  • Latest figures as of this morning 173,784 tested, 38,168 tested positive, and 3,605 have died
  • In the last 24 hours, two nurses and two health care assistance have died
  • Providing more critical care beds, boosted by over 2,500
  • New Nightingale hospital will be fully staffed in nine days
  • More Nightingale hospitals planned in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
  • Announced today that two more will be built in Bristol (1000 beds) and Harrogate (500 beds)
  • Every hospital in the country has been expanded.
  • 26 million PPE products have been delivered to 281 different organisations
  • New trials being designed
  • Set up an expert therapeutic task force to search for new medicines for trials
  • Cannot relax social distancing measures. This is not a request, it’s an instruction.

Government Daily Briefing update – Wednesday 1 April

The Government briefing today was led by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Dr Yvonne Doyle from Public Health England.

Key messages

  • We’ve taken right steps at right time  – the step-by-step action plan is aiming to slow down the virus so fewer people need hospital treatment at the same time
  • From a total of 152,979 people tested in UK – 29,474 have tested positive,
  • Another 563 people in the UK have died of coronavirus – the  youngest was just 13 years old
  • Heartfelt thanks is paid to businesses with a promise that the Government will do it all it can to support businesses and safeguard jobs
  • From today – businesses will benefit from £22bn in the form of business rates relief and grants, Local Authorities have received more than £12m to distribute
  • Government pledges to ensure banks help people in the country
  • Public Health England is concerned by rise in motor vehicle traffic, but there continues to be a decrease in the number using public transport
  • 390m Personal Protection Equipment products have been distributed in last two weeks

Government’s top priority is to increase testing capacity

Government Daily Briefing update – Tuesday 31 March

The Government briefing today was given by Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove.

Key messages

    • 143,186 people have now been tested, of those 25,150 have tested positive
    • Yesterday was highest daily increase of deaths – 381 people died (1,789 overall now)
    • Overall 10,767 have been admitted to hospital, more in London than elsewhere
    • More NHS staff are coming back to the frontline and the rate of testing is increasing, so are the numbers of ventilators and oxygen
    • The time is not to be complacent. We should all continue following the Government’s advice to follow social distancing to help the NHS ensure it has the capacity it needs.


In addition

    • Government is working with other countries (including EU) and UK based manufacturers to increase supply of ventilators and oxygen, including Dyson, McLaren and Mercedes Benz
    • Rapid clinical trials on things like anti-malarial treatments which may be able to reduce the impact of Covid-19
    • The Chancellor’s economic package is in place and Government is working with public sector workers to ensure this happens everywhere
    • United national effort in providing food and prescription drugs – working with 750,000 volunteers who are helping at this critical time.
    • Government is working with food suppliers to ensure food is being distributed
    • Thanks to military including helicopter facilities helping with NHS transport across UK
    • Grateful to everyone in the armed forces and the public sector
    • There are signs that transmission is slowing in communities, but we should not be complacent. The next few weeks will be critical.
    • All of us can help by staying at home and saving lives

Government Daily Briefing update – 27 March

Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office

  • The rate of coronavirus infection is doubling every three to four days. There has sadly now been a total of 759 deaths. This is powerful reminder that we all need to help to slow the spread by following the strict social distancing measures which are in place.
  • We are expanding number of beds and acquiring more lifesaving equipment. We are bringing together a new alliance of businesses, universities and healthcare organisations to boost our testing capacity.
  • Thank all those in frontline of battle against Covid-19 – doctors, nurses, social workers, armed forces and those working in supermarkets.
  • As you will know the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has coronavirus. He is self-isolating at home. He has mild symptoms and continues to lead the efforts against coronavirus.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS)

  • The number of people with coronavirus symptoms who are in hospital continues to grow. We have taken steps to reconfigure hospital services so that we have 33,000 beds to treat coronavirus patients. We are building temporary hospitals at East London, Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the Clap for Carers yesterday. The best way to show support for the NHS is by taking the action to limit infections.

Government Daily Briefing update – 26 March

Chancellor Rishi Sunak with deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries

Key messages:

  • The new scheme for the self-employed would cover 80% of average earnings over the past three years
  • Support will be capped at £2,500 per month and will initially last three months
  • The scheme is open to those with trading profits of up to £50,000 a year
  • HMRC will contact those eligible for grants
  • The scheme is only open to those who are already self-employed and have a self-assessment tax return for 2019
  • Access the scheme no later than June

More from Chancellor Rishi Sunak:

Today announced next steps in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, supporting the livelihoods of the self-employed –  95% of those who are self-employed will benefit from the new scheme.

We are working closely with businesses and trade unions put together economic plan which is starting to make a different. Big companies have said thousands of jobs already being protected

Small businesses are already benefiting from interrupted loans, we’ve had 30,000 enquiries in four days

Local authorities are already informing leisure and retail businesses about not paying business rates this year

We know people are anxious, musicians, plumbers, taxi drivers, hairdressers, childminders. To you – you have not been forgotten.

When asked when the peak is expected, Deputy Medical Director said it’s too early to say but we’re moving in the right direction, so keep following advice.

PM’s key points – March 23 2020

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

PM’s key points – March 20 2020

· We are strengthening measures and need to push further to tackle coronavirus

· We are now telling pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and gyms to close tonight except for take-away food establishments

· Please stay at home

· Chancellor – ‘to all those at home now anxious, you will not face this alone’

· He announced a combination of measures which are unprecedented: the government will page 80% of wages for employees who are not working, up to £2,500 a month; the next quarter of VAT payments for firms will be deferred until the end of June; Business Interruption Scheme will be interest free for 12 months; there will be increased universal credit for next 12 months, increased working tax credit, next self-assessment payments will be deferred until January 2021 and finally £1 billion pounds of support for renters.

On 16 March, the Prime Minister made the following statement:

  • If you or anyone in your household has one of two key symptoms, a high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough, then you should stay at home for fourteen days.
  • That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others.
  • If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
  • Even if you don’t have symptoms and if no one in your household has symptoms, you should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel.
  • We need people to start working from home where they possibly can. You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues.
  • We should all only use the NHS when we really need to. Please go online rather than ringing NHS 111.
  • This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

You can read the latest guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults, published on Monday 16 March at

Information from Huntingdonshire District Council

HDC Services


HDC COVID-19 dedicated webpage:

  • Please direct people to this webpage for the latest updates on how the district council services are running, this page is being updated regularly throughout the day. The webpage can be accessed here:

Information for local businesses:

  • There is a dedicated webpage for local businesses to access information about business rate relief, access to support and other measures that have been introduced by the government. It can all be found in one place here:
  • The Council are also issuing letters imminently to every business ratepayer in the district which will contain information on how to access new guidance and support that the government has announced.

Impact on waste services:

  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels, some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish being prioritised, other services being suspended at short notice, such as organic waste, recycling or bulky waste collections.
  • Services offered and operating hours may also change at Recycling Centres. We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change. We are monitoring the situation closely but should the situation change we will be altering the service accordingly. Currently, all collection crews are deployed so services are running as normal.
  • Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection. After 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only heavily contaminated waste, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal. Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.

National Advice

Key worker definition:

Guidance for charitable organisations:

Other useful links