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Social Distancing – Are you doing it?

30th March 2020
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We know that many of our customers are already actively following the government’s guidelines around social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak.  However, as a responsible landlord, we must reinforce the message and urge all our customers to stay at home and away from others, as per the government’s rules on social distancing.

We have received a significant number of calls from customers informing us that they are seeing people breaking social distancing rules.

We consider that a failure to abide by the instructions could constitute a breach of your tenancy agreement and, if anyone persistently refuses to comply, may force us to take further steps to prevent this behaviour. We will report any persons failing to abide by these instructions to the Police, who now have the power to issue fines and even imprison repeat offenders. We also have the powers to ask the Courts for emergency injunctions to prevent repeat offenders from doing this.

Cheshire Police have a dedicated form to report a significant issue or serious breach of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and restrictions. Find the form here.

What can you do? 

The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.  

While the Coronavirus is still spreading, it’s best to take a “better safe than sorry” approach.  

 This means: 

  • Keep your family home and away from others as much as possible. Don’t have friends and extended family over, and don’t go to their homes. People who look healthy still can be infected and can spread the virus. That’s why it’s important to stay away from everyone, even if they don’t seem sick.
  • If you live within one of our extra care or sheltered schemes, apartment or flatted blocks, balconies and communal areas are not to be used for socialising. Please do not loiter in communal areas and we strongly advise that you do not socialise in other people’s properties. If you see one of our colleagues is working in a communal area, we ask that you remain in your home until they have finished their work so as to maintain adequate social distancing.
  • If you have children, do not let them meet up with their friends.Playgrounds and any other parks with play areas are now closed. You may find yourself being thankful for things like the Xbox and Tik-Tok as it means that your kids will be able to stay in contact with their friends without physically having to meet up.  
  • If you have to go out, make sure you are at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people. Viruses can spread when someone sneezes or coughs out tiny droplets. These droplets don’t usually travel more than 6 feet before falling to the ground.
  • If you’re caring for someone who is sick, take all recommended precautions. It’s important to keep that person away from others.

We remind all of our customers of the guidance that you must abide by particularly considering those who are vulnerable around you. We do not wish to see avoidable deaths in our neighbourhoods.

We all need to do our bit to ensure we are staying at home and away from others through social distancing. Remember, we are all in this together.

You Can Still Be Social 

The official phrase is “social distancing,” but it can help to think of it as “physical distancing” instead. We can still be social, just in different ways. Take advantage of social media and video apps to support each other, laugh together, and take care of each other until the virus is under control. 

Remember, we’re still here to support you whilst working hard to maintain essential services.  

Halton Housing is still ‘open’ however the majority of our colleagues are now working from home.  You can still contact us using our main telephone number 0303-333-0101, or customers can still contact us via the app or portal, or via the live chat on here, (see the purple tab to the right) between 10am – 5pm.  

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