Coronavirus Advice

Information about COVID-19

 

I know that this will be a very uncertain time for you, your friends and your family. The situation which we currently face is unparalleled in scale and intensity during peacetime. The Government, local councils and charities are working at pace to ensure that as much support can be provided to those in need as possible.

 

Below you will find links to information on the support and recent guidance available for different groups:

Local Council Support for the Most Vulnerable

Information on County Council Services

Support for Businesses & The Self Employed

Coronavirus Restrictions - Frequently Asked Questions

More Information on the GOV.UK Website

 

 

RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS

 

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three measures.

 

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

 

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures soon, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

 

1. STAYING AT HOME

 

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as

possible.

● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your

household.

● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

 

These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.

 

2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES

 

The Government have ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close.

The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:

● all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.

● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.

● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.

● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.

● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.

● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

 

More detailed information can be found here, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Businesses and other venues not on this list may remain open.

 

3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS

 

To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government has stopped all public gatherings of more than two people.

 

There are only two exceptions to this rule:

 

● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for

example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.

● where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all

meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

 

In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

 

DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES

 

These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of Coronavirus.

Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.

The Government have ensured the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.

They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

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