Coronavirus Support

Updated 27 March 2020



You are only allowed to leave your home for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

These measures will come into force immediately:

  • Closing all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with.
  • Stopping all social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others.


Community Support


We are a fabulous, close knit community so you probably have all this covered; but who knows how all this this going to pan out?  You will have your closer friends who can help out.  But, if you find yourself needing additional help, it’s not daft, silly, or being a nuisance to shout out.  It’s just being part of the community. 🙂

If you need help here is one way to request it.

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Asby Parish Message Service has 160+ subscribers.

If you would like to request some help from your local community simply click on the button below.  Ensure to include your name, contact information, and details of your requirements.

NOTE:  You can request support for a friend or neighbour who doesn’t have internet access.
Obviously do get their permission before using this service in that way.

Some Cumbria-wide Information


Cumbria Emergency Support

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(Click on the image for more information
on services such as child care,
highways, and household waste.)


Social Distancing v Self Isolation

BBC NewsThese two phrases have become part of all our vocabularies just recently.  We are all being asked to practise ‘social distancing’ and some of us ‘self isolation’.
This BBC News article explains clearly what these two phrases mean, and who should adopt which approach.


…or as “Queen” Might
Have Put It

Turn the volume up,
and be sure to listen right to the end!


Staying at Home

NOTE-  Current official advice is this:


Protect Yourself, Protect Others, Protect the NHS!

More on Staying at Home


Public Health England
The government have issued more detailed guidance for those choosing / having to stay at home.
You can read it on this web page.


Protecting Yourself


Learn how COVID-19 is spread, and how you can protect yourself
from its spread.

You’ve been washing your hands all your life,  you don’t need
to be told how to do it.  Right??


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More advice on the WHO website.

What about the Kids?

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Those nice people at the WHO have also produced some guidance on helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It’s just a single page of clearly written advice.
Download a copy here.


Made by Rochdale teenagers with animation company ‘Kilogramme’

100 Activities to do during School Closures

100 Activities to do at Home during School Closures

A page with lots of stuff, from making a bracelet out of duct tape, through simple science experiments, to making your own video play.

NB: This is American – please make allowances!

Fancy a bit of Culture?

With half the world on ‘lockdown’ many artists, galleries, theatres and the like are making their work available free-of-charge online.  So take a break from the cleaning, the gardening (have you got a backache yet??), or trying to get that elusive Sainsbury’s delivery slot, and enjoy some of these.


Listen to some of the world’s best Classical orchestras live-streaming, or that have made their concert archives available online.   Click here.



National Theatre at HomeFree full-length plays streaming on YouTube.  A new play streams live every Thursday at 7pm, and is then available for 7 days.  Starting on 2 April with James Corden in “One Man Two Guvnors”.
Click here and subscribe to the National Theatre Home channel.


Roustabout TheatreLuna: a play about the Moon.
50 years since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of our relationship with our closest cosmic companion.  “A brilliant 60 minutes of pure boisterous fun“.  Available free to watch until 22 April.  Click here.


Museums & Galleries

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The British Museum is just one of the many world renowned organisations that allow you to view their treasures online.  As a starting point, check out this list of a dozen virtual tours.  Click here.



…or Why Not Learn Something New!

The Open University
There’s probably some topic you’ve been dying to learn about for ages; well now’s your chance! The Open University have a wide range of free short courses on all manner of things, including the Arts.  Click here.


Virtual Travel

OK, so you may be putting off organising a summer holiday with all this uncertainty at present.  But why not lose yourself in a bit of ‘virtual travel’?  First up, a collection curated by Travelzoo.

20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home

Travelzoo LogoJoin a Live Safari in South Africa, or a 360 degree deep dive with sea lions.
Walk the Great Wall of China, tour the Palace of Versailles, or the Sistine Chapel.
Spend a few minutes (or hours) anticipating the arrival of the Northern Lights, and wondering at their awesome spectacle, via a Live fed from Manitoba, Canada.  …and all without getting cold!





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