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News / Lockdown is not the best time for sharing freebies Thames Valley Emergency Operations Centre Controller says - contact 0800 800 405 for help

Lockdown is not the best time for sharing freebies Thames Valley Emergency Operations Centre Controller says - contact 0800 800 405 for help

Lockdown is not the best time for sharing freebies Thames Valley Emergency Operations Centre Controller says - contact 0800 800 405 for help

Posted April 15, 2020
Council Matters , Health

Media Release: Thames Coromandel District Council

While it’s wonderful to see people supporting one another by offering free items online, it poses a risk of spreading COVID-19.

In past weeks, offers of free baby clothes, blankets, baking and excess fruit have been regularly posted on community Facebook pages throughout our communities.

“There’s no doubt we live in caring generous communities, however gestures such as free items on Facebook during lockdown can pose an unintentional risk of spreading COVID-19 as it can live on surfaces for some time,” says Thames Valley Emergency Operations Centre Controller Garry Towler. “We all need to work together if we want to move out of level 4 lockdown and I ask administrators on Community Facebook pages to please stop authorising such posts until the restrictions are lifted.”

People who need assistance can contact the 0800 welfare number 0800 800 405 which will connect them with the appropriate agencies.

“There will be time after lockdown to show your aroha by offering assistance - for now spread hope with words of encouragement and brighten someones day with a teddy bear in your window,” says Garry.