Covid19 Help & guidance


Help with Shopping

The Parish Council has drawn up the following guidelines for volunteers in response to the coronavirus outbreak and helping those most in need within the parish of Scarning. The Council aims to ensure that it both protects the most vulnerable in the community and that none of its volunteers is put at unnecessary risk.

On receipt of a request for help, the following actions will be taken:

If the request is to undertake shopping/collect a prescription for a resident/s, we will ask first if a neighbour, friend or relative can help.

If not, we will ask if the resident/s can arrange an online delivery (subject to current restrictions) or order their shopping from a local supplier and pay over the phone.

If neither of the above is possible, we will ask them:-

a. To draw up a list of what is required, including alternatives if the main item is not available, as volunteers will only purchase what is on the list.

b. To state on the list what the maximum budget is. We suggest 30 for an individual and 45 for a couple (to fit the new contactless payment limit).

c. We will request that the resident/s purchase sufficient provisions for at least 3/4 days and to request shopping no more than twice in any one week in order to restrict the exposure of the volunteers.


a. The preferred means through which volunteers will be reimbursed for shopping carried out on behalf of vulnerable residents is through Internet Banking. This requires both the volunteer and the recipient of the shopping to be registered on their individual accounts for Internet Banking. Funds for shopping can then be transferred from the recipient to the volunteer.

b. If this is not possible, we will seek to establish when the resident calls whether the resident is comfortable with providing cash up front, or payment by cheque (made payable to the volunteer) on receipt of the delivery.

c. If the resident offers to give cash to the volunteer in advance (and the volunteer is happy to take it) then on bringing the shopping back to the resident, the volunteer will place the goods, the receipt (with their name on it) and the change on the doorstep. We would ask the volunteers to use their phone to take a photograph of the receipts for their and our records (photo to be sent to

d. If the resident does not offer cash up front they will be asked to reimburse the volunteer by cheque (made payable to the volunteer). In this instance, on bringing the shopping to the resident, the volunteer will place the goods and the receipt (with their name on it) on the doorstep.We would ask the volunteers to use their phone to take a photograph of the receipts for their and our records (photo to be sent to

Public transport services

Latest information about what public transport services are operating in our area. Operators have been changing services at relatively short notice as they react to government guidance and the latest situation.

Play Areas Closed

In accordance with Government guidance, the Parish Council has taken the decision to close its play areas until further notice in order to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
This is a temporary closure and the play areas will reopen when it is safe to do so.
The Council thanks residents for their understanding at this time.
Please note no equipment safety checks will be carried out whilst the play areas are closed. 

Scarning Parish Council Coronavirus network

The Parish Council is creating a network to help anyone within the village who needs help due to the current Coronavirus situation.

If you require assistance, or can offer assistance to others, please contact Nick Hartley, our Parish Clerk

tel: 01362 687492 email:

Scarning Parish Council has also set up a Facebook page

Websites and phone numbers

 Where you can call for information, advice and assistance in these potentially worrying times. We hope you find this helpful.


Church Services

The Dereham and District Team Ministry are following the Archbishops' instructions and suspending public worship for the foreseeable future. All our church buildings are currently closed.


Guidance and information below has been issued by the John Hopkins University. We are sharing it with you because it provides particularly clear detail around avoiding contagion...

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fats) which, if absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or mouth mucous, changes their genetic code (mutation) and converts them into multiplier and attacker cells.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and the type of material on which it is found.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That's why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam BREAKS THE FAT (that's why you have to rub so much: for at least 20 seconds or more, and make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts the fat; then use water above 25 degrees to wash your hands, clothes and everything else. In addition, hot water produces more foam which makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol greater than 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mixture with 1 part of bleach and 5 parts of water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Hydrogen peroxide helps a lot after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the proteins of the virus, but you have to use it pure and it hurts the skin.
NO BACTERICIDES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; one cannot kill with antibiotics what is not alive, but rapidly disintegrate its structure with all that has been said.

* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or clothing. While it is glued on a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all moisture and does not let it detach and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can settle in your nose.
Viral molecules remain very stable in external or artificial cold like air conditioners in homes and cars. They also need moisture to remain stable and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it more quickly.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is a protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break the protective layer of fat.
NO ALCOHOL or VODKA. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol and you need 65%.

* LISTERINE (mouthwash) IF YOU NEED IT! It's 65% alcohol.

* The more space is tight, the higher the concentration of the virus. More open or naturally ventilated, less.

* We cannot overemphasize, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching the mucous membrane, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

* You must MOISTURISE DRY HANDS, because molecules can hide in micro wrinkles or cuts. The denser the moisturizer, the better.

* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus doesn't hide there.


Help Scientists identify:
-High-risk areas in the UK.
-Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.
-How fast the virus is spreading in your area.

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