COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

ON CORONAVIRUS

At difficult moments in time, our communities become more important than ever.

That is why we are here to help support those needing help or wanting to help their neighbour.

If you, a family member, friend or neighbour need help; or if you are able to offer help to those around you, please visit this page.

 

Below is a condensed version of the official guidelines released by the Government.

 

We hope that the simpler and briefer bullet points will make it easier to understand the current situation and guidelines.

This page was last updated on:

6/3/2020

Advice on Current Guidelines

As the UK exits phase one of the Government’s response, where the Government has sought to contain, delay, research and mitigate, it will move through two further phases:

  • Phase Two: Smarter Controls

    • Over the coming months, the Government will introduce a range of adjustments to current social distancing controls. Over time, social contact will be made less infectious by:

      • making such contact safer (including by redesigning public and workspaces, and those with symptoms self-isolating) to reduce the chance of infection per contact;

      • reducing infected people's social contact by using testing, tracing and monitoring of the infection to better focus restrictions according to risk; and

      • stopping hotspots developing by detecting infection outbreaks at a more localised level and rapidly intervening with targeted measures.

  • Phase Three: Reliable Treatment

    • ​As quickly as possible, the Government will move to a more sustainable solution, where the continued restrictions described above can be lifted altogether. To enable this, the Government must develop, trial, manufacture and distribute reliable treatments or vaccines as swiftly as possible. 

Gov.uk


 

Further explaining Phase Two, our current situation:

We are currently in Phase Two.

 

There are three steps constituting Phase Two of the Government's Recovery Strategy. Each step may involve adding new adjustments to the existing restrictions or taking some adjustments further.

 

We should not be expecting dramatic changes, rather, a slow transition as precautions prove successful and safer standards reached. 

 

For example, while reopening outdoor spaces and activities comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower, it is likely that reopening indoor public spaces and leisure facilities, social clubs, crowded venues, and personal care establishments (like beauty salons) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.

Initially, the gap between steps will need to be several weeks, to allow sufficient time for monitoring. However, as the national monitoring systems become more precise and larger-scale, enabling a quicker assessment of the changes, this response time may reduce.

CURRENT REGULATIONS: Phase Two - Step Two 

Below is a list of key changes for the current phase. We will keep this updated with the most up-to-date information.

Employment

  • People should continue to work from home (WFH)

  • If WFH is impossible and an individual's workplace is open, only then should they speak to their employer about the possibility of returning to the workplace with strict precautions and social distancing measures maintained

Schools and Childcare

  • Primary Schools have begun a phased re-opening from the 1st of June, begining with the youngest and those about to move to Secondary School

    • Not all schools will have reopened yet, not all pupils will have been asked to return. The conditions for reopening vary from region to region, school to school, and parents are not obliged to have their children return should they not feel safe in doing so.​

  • Primary Schools will begin a phased re-opening during the next step, begining with the youngest and those about to move to Secondary School, but not yet, not until it is safe to do so at the next step

  • Paid childcare (for example nannies and childminders) is allowed when necessary to enable parents to return to work

Travelling

  • When travelling everybody (including critical workers) should continue to avoid public transport wherever possible

  • Commuters should seek safer travel by cycling, walking or driving

  • People should wear facial masks when social distancing is difficult or impossible, including on public transport and at workplaces

Socialising

  • People can spend time outdoors subject to: 

    • not meeting up with more than six people from six different households

    • continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household

    • exceptional hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces

    • adhering to precautions put in place including closed playgrounds and exercise equipment

  • People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish

    • ​​For example, this would include angling and tennis

    • Iremongers Pond is included in this with necessary distancing enforced - each angler must maintain distance between households and must not limit the space for those walking by to safely pass.

  • People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance

Shopping

  • On 1st June, a very limited amount of businesses will be able to open, as the rest will follow suit on 15th June:

    • Essential shops continue to remain open, including pharmacies and food stores 

    • Garden stores and maintenance / DIY stores were opened earlier in May

    • From the 1st of June outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen with strict health and safety protocols

    • From the 15th of June, further non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen including clothing and furniture stores, subject to strict protocols

    • Gyms, restaurants, pubs and bars will stay closed until at least July 4, and in some cases probably further into the future.

  • The advice remains that shopping should be conducted individually and with strict social distancing, especially when in doors

More details here.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Clinically vulnerable people should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their households, but do not need to be shielded

  • Such people are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact, continuing to practise social distancing as proactively as they have been for the past two months

  • Those currently shielding those are advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance, GPs will provide notification and advice

  • Those shielding should not go out to work, to shop or visit friends in their homes

  • People who are classed as “extremely clinically vulnerable” have not seen restrictions lifted and must continue to shield themselves

 

Advice on Staying Safe:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household

  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible

  • Avoid being face to face with people if they are outside your household

  • Avoid crowds

  • Wash your clothes regularly, with a special focus on what you have worn in public

  • Keep indoor places well ventilated to reduce transmission

  • If you can, wear a face-covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible

Frequently Asked Questions:

As we ease restrictions, treat everything with a slight caution as if the other person might be an invisible carrier. The risk is always present.

What if I don't want my child to go back to school yet?

  • Your child doesn't have to - it is your choice and no fines will be imposed.

  • The regulations do not take a view on disagreements on safeguarding between parents (i.e. divorced). It would be for the parents of the child to discuss and come to an arrangement that was within the rights set out by their custody agreement.

Can I meet my parents and grandparents?

  • Yes you can, as long as they are not in the “shielding” category. From Monday, you can meet five other people at any one time, as long as it is in an outdoor space and social distancing is maintained - i.e. maintaining 2 metres between you and others. 

  • Over-70s can be among them, as long as they take “extra care” with social distancing, hand-washing and touching hard surfaces where the virus might linger.

Can I visit friends and family at their homes?

  • Yes you can, as long as you stay outside. There is no rule that dictates whose garden you can or can’t meet in. However, if young children from different households are part of the group, they must not share paddling pools, climbing frames, slides or anything else that would encourage them to be closer than two metres to each other and touch hard surfaces.

What if you have to go through the house to get to the garden?

  • That’s fine, as long as you take care not to touch surfaces or “linger” indoors. Just go straight through the house into the garden and use your common sense.

Can I use the lavatory while I’m there?

  • Yes you can, as long as you pay special attention to washing your hands thoroughly and avoid touching things on the way through the house. Consider using a piece of tissue paper to open doors, flushing and touching taps.

What if I don’t have a garden?

  • Remaining outside is the critical points - infection rates rise exponentially when indoors. You can use a patio or roof terrace, if you have one, but otherwise you will need to meet your friends and family in a park or open space. Indoor meetings are strictly prohibited.

What if it starts to rain?

  • We have been fortunate to have unseasonably good weather so far. If rain happens, consider using an umbrella and waiting for the rain to pass. Do not invite everyone indoors to keep dry, as this would be in breach of the rules and would risk infection.

Can I stay overnight?

  • No. Overnight stays are banned. Even camping in your friend’s garden is banned because the Government has not relaxed the rules on overnight stays in any way. The risks rise exponentially the longer you stay around someone else and their environment.

Is there a limit on how far we can travel to see friends and family?

  • No, but you must not stay overnight and you may only see them outdoors and while maintaining social distancing. You may wish to meet halfway should you both live too far away.

Does this mean I can play golf, tennis or other sports with more than one person now?

  • Until now, you have only been able to play outdoor sports with one other person, but the new rules mean that groups of up to six can meet at a time, as long as they observe social distancing rules.

  • Outdoor exercise classes with up to six people are also allowed, as long as they stay 2m apart from each other.

  • Any sporting activity that involves contact is still banned for non-elite sports, meaning you can kick a ball to each other but you can’t tackle.

Can I go shopping with friends and family?

  • The guidance remains that you should only shop alone or, in some cases, with your household. 

  • Meeting anyone from outside of your household indoors is strictly prohibited - therefore regular shopping indoors would not be allowed. The guidelines are less definite in terms of outdoor markets and outdoor garden centres - use your common sense and adhere to social distancing.

Can I hug my relatives?

  • Not if you do not live in the same household. 

  • If you love someone, keep them safe. Don't risk being the invisible transmitter or let them give you it unknowingly.

Please always and follow the latest NHS Advice and Government Advice

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