Coronavirus in Charlton: Council warns of mask and sanitiser rip-offs

Shops across London have been selling masks and sanitiser (Photo: Duncan C via Creative Commons)

Greenwich Council has warned of rogue traders selling face masks and hand sanitisers during the coronavirus crisis – and reminded residents that there is no evidence that masks will protect from Covid-19.

Trading standards officers visited two shops last week selling disposable face masks which had been split into separate packages, interfering with the product’s integrity, according to the council. Officers also found a number of “potentially irregular” hand sanitisers for sale.

The council said all the products were immediately withdrawn from sale.

A spokesperson said the masks had limited use outside of medical settings and urged the public to continue keeping two metres apart from each other and to keep washing their hands thoroughly.

“Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings,” the spokesperson said.

“The best defence is to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds, using soap and hot water, or hand sanitiser if soap and hot water is not available. As well as always carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, then putting the tissue in a bin. Please note that a hand sanitiser must contain more than 60 per cent alcohol to be effective.”

Residents with concerns about local retailers in Greenwich borough should email tradingstandards[at], while concerns about national retailers should be reported to the Competition and Markets Authority.

With many traders hiking prices of hand sanitisers and other cleaning products to cash in on the epidemic, the prime minister said yesterday that there may be legislation to tackle the price gougers.

During prime minister’s questions, he said: “I think that profiteering is something that we should be looking at from a legislative point of view in this House as has happened before in this country.”

LDRS logoLachlan Leeming is the Local Democracy Reporter for Greenwich. The Local Democracy Reporter Scheme is a BBC-funded initiative to ensure councils are covered properly in local media.
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Coronavirus in Charlton: Log on for Big Red Bus Club’s online storytelling sessions

The Big Red Bus Club next to Charlton Park has had to close its doors because of the Covid-19 outbreak – ending its stay-and-play sessions for under-fives.

But yesterday it began storytelling sessions online, so you can keep the little ones entertained.

“Join the Big Red Bus team online at 1.30pm every week day for songs & stories and to share our best stay at home activities, as we experiment with going online.

“Our first story Peace at Last, read by Annie, follows poor old Daddy Bear and his nocturnal adventure trying to get some sleep in the noisest house in the world!”

Charlton’s flat-dwellers might be able to identify with that.

Daddy Bear’s adventures were yesterday’s story, so there’ll be something new today – head over to The Big Red Bus Club website to find out how to take part.

If you’re doing something special to help local communities get through the Covid-19 crisis, drop us an email and we’ll try to feature it on the site.

Coronavirus in Charlton: What are the churches doing?

St Luke with Holy Trinity, Charlton
St Luke with Holy Trinity has had to stop regular services

The coronavirus pandemic means local churches have had to close their doors. The Rector of Charlton, REVD LIZ NEWMAN, updates us on what is happening at Charlton’s two Church of England churches, St Luke’s and St Thomas’s.

As the challenge of the coronavirus grips the world, and we are all being asked to rethink our lives, the Church needs to find new ways of doing what it’s always been called to do – to love and to serve.

Sadly, our public worship will have to stop until further notice. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that we have shut up shop. Far from it.

Over the coming days we’ll be putting into place a plan to open our churches at set times for private prayer or contemplation.

We’ll be offering pastoral and spiritual support to anyone in Charlton who might need it in these painful times, through different channels.

We’ll be doing all we can to support the wonderful community efforts springing up all around us to give practical help to people who are self- isolating or remaining indoors.

We’ll be praying for all those who ask for our prayers, for our community, our government and nation, the world and especially for those who work in our health and emergency services. And we’ll be finding ways in which those who want to can worship together while remaining physically apart.
Please send us a message via our website if there is anything your parish churches can do for you. It will be our privilege to serve.

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