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Covid Testing - 03.03.21

Where are the test centres in Cornwall?

There are a number of testing sites and mobile units that work across Cornwall, but you must book a test and not just turn up, as you may be turned away.

Mobile unit locations sometimes vary but are often available in the following areas, but as they rotate venues often, there will be differing availability.

  • Camborne
  • Falmouth
  • St. Austell
  • Bude
  • Launceston

There are also permanent walk in testing facilities available at:

  • Penzance - St Erbyn's Car park
  • Truro - Tregurra park and ride
  • Falmouth - 51 Wellington Terrace
  • Liskeard - Westbourne Car Park

Further Shielding- 18.2.21

The Government has announced that it is extending the number of residents advised to shield during the pandemic by an extra 1.7 million people.  In Cornwall, this has meant we are seeing more than 4,300 residents added to the list.  As well as being asked to shield, they will also now be invited for the vaccine more quickly.

These individuals have been identified by using a combination of risk factors based on medical records, including health and personal factors, such as age, ethnicity, BMI and deprivation levels, as well as certain medical conditions and treatments, to assess whether somebody may be more vulnerable than was previously understood. 

Those newly identified by their doctors or consultants will now be advised to stay at home as much as possible except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments in the same way as people who have been shielding throughout the current lockdown.

Cornwall Council is working with partners in the health and voluntary sector to continue to support all clinically extremely vulnerable residents in accessing food, essential supplies and wellbeing advice during the lockdown.  

All clinically extremely vulnerable residents, including the new additions to the list, have now been advised to stay at home until March 31.

They have been asked to work from home if possible and if they cannot work from home, they should not attend work. They may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme during the lockdown. 

Those shielding are also asked to avoid all non-essential travel – they should continue to travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by their doctor. They are strongly advised not to go to any shops or to pharmacies.  Those in the clinically extremely vulnerable group are eligible for free medicines delivery from community pharmacies during this period if friends and family are not able to collect prescriptions or medicines on their behalf. Prescriptions should continue to be ordered from the GP as normal, either electronically or via telephone.  


Bus services -  16.02.21

Continue to operate throughout Cornwall for key workers and residents needing to make essential journeys.

If you need to use public transport, please plan your journey, wear a face covering, maintain social distancing and wash your hands as soon as you can after arriving at your destination.

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Message from Penryn Surgery - 10.02.21

Penryn Surgery have been working alongside our neighbouring Falmouth surgeries to deliver vaccines every day of the week including weekend and evenings. We have been well supported by volunteers and also some of our retired GPs who have been assisting us. Under the organised leadership of Dr Issy Boyd and Practice Manager Emma Berry we are approaching the target milestone having offered vaccinations to all patients over 70 and those listed as CEV before the governments mid-February goal.

We'd encourage any patient registered at the surgery, aged over 70, who is yet to receive their first Covid vaccine to contact us.  We'd like to reassure patients aged under 70 that we will contact them as their cohort becomes eligible, and we thank them for their patience.

Telephone: 01326 372502


Additional Restriction Grants - 25.01.21

Cornwall Council has launched the application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), aimed at businesses which have been forced to close or limit trading during the current coronavirus lockdown.   

Cornwall has been allocated £11.5m to support businesses that are ineligible for other forms of financial support and have fixed ongoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments, loans or lease agreements for capital equipment or rental of workspaces.    

Businesses have until 23.59pm on Sunday, January 31, to apply for a one-off grant. 
Those eligible include businesses which:    

  • Have not previously received any form of coronavirus grant support 
  • Are Cornwall based and owned     
  • Have been forced to shut and are not business rate registered  
  • Have been severely impacted by the current lockdown, but are ineligible for other grant support because they have not been mandated to close. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 who were eligible but did not apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant in November. 

Please share this information with businesses in your area. Full details can be found at

Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars- 25.01.21

Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support team is running more free support webinars on COVID rules and regulations for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community groups in February. 
You can also catch up with recordings of previous webinars online.
If you have any questions that you want to put to the team prior to the webinar, please email them to [email protected].


Making Space for Nature Presentation - 20.1.21

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Penryn Community Network is here to help!

The network set up for the intial lockdown is still up and running for anyone with any local needs/concerns during the lockdown.

Check out the website :

Email:[email protected]

or phone 07724 717 310


Household Waste and Recycling Centres are going to remain open, continuing with the number plate vehicle registration system.  If anyone has any queries, further information can be found here:




Important support

Please send all coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address [email protected]
There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website specifically for clinically vulnerable residents who are in the shielded group.
Find out more about Cornwall Association of Local Councils at or email [email protected]
Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing [email protected]
Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing [email protected]. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email [email protected] or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Business Rate SupportCouncil Tax Support and Growth Hub.