Covid-19 is hitting the North-West with bewildering speed. Tattenhall has done relatively well up to now but the hot-spots are rather too close for comfort. How can we deal with the fear and anxiety that this situation may be causing?
The first thing to note is that it is largely in our own power to maintain our High Street's status as a Covid-safe area.
General advice for good mental and physical health is to concentrate on those things we can control.
Fortunately there are simple, sensible actions that work wonders for our High Street safety.
1. Maintain a distance of 2 metres or more from other people whenever you are outdoors.
2. If you must be closer than 2 metres, inside or out, wear a face covering and check the other person also has a face covering. If not, move away to increase the distance to 2 metres. (For obvious reasons this does not apply at home with people who live with you).
3. Following contact with the outside world, wash your hands.
4. Keep in contact with friends, family and helplines by phone or computer as often as you can.
If you do the above you virtually remove the risk either of catching the virus or passing it on. Tattenhall High Street shops and businesses have made impressive efforts to be Covid-safe. It is up to each of us to follow the basic guidelines above to maintain our High Street as a safe place to be enjoyed. Keep 2 meters apart, wear face coverings in shops.
Pubs and restaurants are more difficult to make completely safe. These establishments have made strenuous efforts to minimise risk. Customers need to play their part in obeying establishment rules and being vigilant about distancing and hand hygiene.
It is also notable that many High Street businesses provide takeaway and delivery services. The Bear and Ragged Staff has enterprisingly built an outdoor pizza oven and outdoor collection service. The Sportsman's hosts a weekly outdoor fish stall. Alison's, Indian, Chinese, Spar meals, Fish and Chips and others give us great choices.
News from the rest of the country, indeed the world, is alarming, almost entirely about events that we can do nothing about. Here in Tattenhall we have a High Street hub where safety is almost entirely in our own hands. It should be a great comfort to know that we can continue to get out and about in total safety, as long as we do it properly.
POSTSCRIPT: The above article stresses that each individual is the key person to safeguard his/her own safety. Tattenhall Online would love to hear about additional personal or business actions that you have found helpful. Use the CONTACT tab at the top of the page.