THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
Government Update 12th April – Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12th April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
From 12 April:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
Where you can meet –
You can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors. This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that remain open. These include the following:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public and botanical gardens
- the grounds of a heritage site
- outdoor sculpture parks
- public playgrounds
- outdoor sports venues and facilities
If you need to enter through a house to get to a garden or other outside space and there is no alternative access, you should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands when entering, and then go straight to the outside space. If you need to use the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly and go back outside immediately. You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.
Foreign Travel –
Foreign travel advice has also changed due to the tighter restrictions, if you are making plans to come to the UK or head home you will have to quarantine in designated hotels organised by the Government, which is effective from Monday 15 February. The cost of this is £1,750 for 10 nights, which includes your accomodation, food and testing. You will need to take a Covid-19 test on Day 2 and Day 8 of your self-isolation. Find out more here >
The NHS APP will also be updated to reflect the changes. For full details around the new guidelines and to understand what you can and can’t do, follow this link here >
Training at Consultus
The training team are delighted to announce that we are offering four hours of face-to-face training sessions for carers who require practical moving & positioning and basic life support training, before they are able to undertake work through Consultus or for those carers who need to complete their annual training update.
This half-day training will be delivered while maintaining social distancing at all times. There will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place and a maximum of 4 carers attending each session. Please click here for more information.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.
Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:
The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus
WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus.
Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>
Symptoms: The main symptoms of the coronavirus are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste
Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/