It was a much quieter day on Facebook yesterday for messages about the coronavirus crisis.
But there were still a number of posts aiming to get information across to concerned local people.
The Llangollen Zero Waste and Food Share Project, for instance, said: “We are now OPEN every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 2pm - 2.30pm at Pengwern Community Centre.
“We are here to help everyone who is struggling and we understand that the current crisis has put many more people in financial difficulty. PLEASE DO NOT GO WITHOUT FOOD.
“We have enough supplies to support everyone in need. Please point people in our direction, including over 70s, people in isolation and anyone who is vulnerable, or contact us on their behalf.
“You can contact us using the message button on our Facebook page or phone us on 07710 789 854. We will respond as soon as we can. Please be patient, we are run entirely by unpaid volunteers.
“However, we ask that you only use our services if you need to: if you can afford to buy food but can't get to the shops there are delivery services and volunteers available to support you: visit the Llangollen Coronavirus Help Page and see the Coronavirus Newsletter for phone numbers.
“Please message or phone us in advance before 2pm on our opening days if you would like to collect a food parcel during our opening times for yourself or someone in need. Let us know how many adults and children it is for, and how long it needs to last.
“Social distancing applies when collecting from Pengwern Community Centre as follows:
- You cannot come inside the Community Centre
- The ramp is too narrow for 2 people to pass. - Wait on the car park keeping 2m apart
- One at a time come up the ramp onto the decking
- Your parcel will be put out on the decking
- Wait until the person in front of you has left the ramp before you walk onto it.
“If you are unable to collect, and no one can collect for you, volunteers can deliver to your home. Please phone or message us before 2pm on our opening days for delivery that day.
“Calls and messages after that will not be delivered until our next opening day. Delivery volunteers will drop your parcel outside your door, knock or ring the bell, and step away a few metres.”
Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes (pictured) took to Facebook to tell his constituents that: “The government has launched a new #Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. Get official advice and information about coronavirus directly from the UK Government. Get started by WhatsApping ‘hi’ to 07860 064422.”
vicar, Father Lee Taylor, posted that his thoughts had been
included in an article featured in Aljazeera.com, the online resource of the
Qatari-based international news channel.
* Father Lee Taylor has been streaming services and prayers
live on Facebook during the coronavirus crisis.
The subject was how coronavirus is changing funeral rites, mourning and grief.
The article said: “In Llangollen, a rural town in northern Wales, Father Lee Taylor presides over four churches scattered in the area.
“He said social distancing measures had devastated the vulnerable, elderly members of his congregation who relied on Sunday church notices for information.
“‘People are dying in my community, and I'm not able to tell [their friends] because they're not on social media,’” he told Al Jazeera.
“He said his pastoral practice felt regimented and apathetic at a time when physical touch and presence were a critical source of consolation.
“‘Traditionally, when somebody dies, I visit the next of kin in the family. Being alongside people physically, being next to them, having a cup of tea, putting a hand on their shoulder, praying with them as you hold their hand, it's such an essential part of that pastoral work.
“‘When someone dies, you feel isolated as it is. You're out in the wilderness. With these restrictions and isolation measures, it's ten times as worse.’"
Yesterday saw a press release issued by North Wales Police on the subject of coronavirus and still hammering home the “stay at home” message.
It said: “As the Coronavirus epidemic develops and with the introduction of stricter restriction on peoples movements nationally, North Wales Police are urging members of the public to use their services wisely and help keep the 999 line free for emergencies only.