What's in our Corona Virus Info section:
What we're doing
Daily Info exists to help people get the most out of life in Oxford, and that remains our mission in good times and bad. We'll continue to let you know about what's going on, where you can access help and support, and what entertainments and opportunities are available for people and families who are self-isolating. Like many small businesses we'll be experiencing huge financial challenges over the coming months, and we hope to be able to stay open for business, to help our community and to showcase the best of the city we love, for as long as possible.
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Many events are sadly being cancelled, but our pages are still busy with people recruiting for jobs, offering services, and listing rooms to let and items for sale, and even in difficult times we expect this to continue, though at a slower pace and in line with current health advice and regulations.
Alongside our usual service of classified ads and local information, we'll be updating our Oxford Coronavirus page with essential information, useful ideas, and as much fun stuff as possible. We'll be keeping up with information about closures and cancellations - and of course letting you know about what's still going ahead.
Helping with free and cheap advertising
In the short term we are increasing the word limit and number of pictures you can have in a free advert, and we're offering more time online and discounts for paid adverts, so people can get their message across more easily. We're always happy to speak to individuals about their needs.
In the long term we will be offering discounted advertising and online-only options, and we will be introducing a package of much more affordable events advertising, restaurant advertising, and services advertising, to help artists, venues and small businesses get back on their feet when things begin to return to normal.
The printed sheet
The sheet of Friday the 20th March was the last issue until advised restrictions on public movement are lifted. Advertisers will be offered extra time online to replace time in print.
Daily Info is a small business which has been at the heart of Oxford since 1964. We are facing enormous financial challenges at the moment, and like many small businesses we may not still be trading when this crisis is over. Until then we will be doing as much as we can to help our community and bring information to Oxford. Please get in touch if we can help you in any way.
NHS 111 Online Assessment - General NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do next if you think you have symptoms.
For a good idea of what symptoms to look out for check out this BBC explainer on how to know if you have coronavirus. Also, the IFH (International Forum on Home Hygiene) has detailed guidance on hygiene measures which will best protect you from getting infected, and stop those who become infected from spreading their infection to others.
Following the Prime Minister’s speech on 10th May, the government has issued new guidelines on reducing the spread of the virus. It is still important to stay at home as much as possible, but the list of exceptions to this has been extended. From 13th May you may go outside for exercise and recreation as much as you like while maintaining physical distancing, and some sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts will be allowed to reopen. In addition to food, medicine and hardware shops, garden centres will also be allowed to open. Click here for the guidance in full.
Please assume for now that physical, in-person events are cancelled - we are removing them as quickly as we can!
You can find a wide range of entertaining and uplifting things to participate in virtually through our Virtual Events column.
All non-essential shops and premises have been ordered to close until further notice. For more details of what counts as essential and non-essential, check this guidance note from the government.
Oxford City Council has collated useful information with links to guidance on staying at home, school closures, council tenants, waste collection and other issues. It also has guidance translated into other languages. For anyone facing financial hardship of any kind, they have also recently launched a directory of the essential support that is currently available remotely. Help is available from the council for anyone who needs it - you can call them on 01865 249 811.
In addition,Money Saving Expert has a comprehensive guide to your financial rights as well as help for renters and guidance on things like topping up prepaid energy.
Social distancing vs. self-isolation - This page clearly and helpfully outlines the difference between social distancing and self-isolation.
Sadly, fraudsters are using the the publicity surrounding coronavirus to carry out scams. Thames Valley Police have issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 related scams, and ask that the public remain vigilant.
UK Government Travel Advice - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential international travel due to the outbreak. However, the FCO do still have country-by-country advice and information on travel restrictions and entry requirements if needed.
Information for Organisations
Oxford City Council have issued guidance for the city's businesses.
HMRC have launched a new helpline to assist businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. You can call 0800 0159 559 to discuss your circumstances and explore options. The helpline is open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri and 8am - 4pm Sat.
Good Finance have an excellent COVID-19 Resource Hub to help charities and social enterprise navigate the problems posed by the outbreak. Charity Excellence also has a very helpful and extensive list of sources of funding for charities and local projects - currently there are 250 and counting, with more added every Monday.
Oxford Bus Company is currently operating a reduced timetable, and from Sunday 29th March, only a base-level service will run, allowing key workers and those making essential journeys to travel. Concessionary pass holders can travel free of charge. Thames Travel timetables have also been cut down and will be reduced further from Monday 30th March. Also worth flagging up are Stagecoach's revised timetables, which are in operation from Monday 23rd March. The latest update on National Rail's response to the crisis is available here - around half the usual number of trains are running, in comparison to a normal weekday.
With the majority of events, shows and classes now cancelled as a result of the outbreak, more and more events are moving online, for you to watch or take part in via video stream. Check out our virtual events page to see what's on!
You can also continue to place events on our site - click here and enter your event title, description, date and time as normal. Then, in the Custom Venue box, just paste in the link to your stream, whether it's Zoom, Facebook, Youtube or elsewhere!