Updated 22nd February 2021
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister set out a four-step roadmap to slowly ease the country out of lockdown restrictions and provide a route back to a more normal way of life.
This roadmap is set out on several conditions, including on the basis that the vaccine continues to successfully roll out, infection rates don’t rise and evidence shows vaccines are reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
So, what will change?
From Monday 8 March:
- The Stay-at-Home requirement will remain, but people can leave home for outdoor recreation such as for a coffee or picnic with their household or support bubble, or with one person outside their household
- All children and students will return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges
- Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities can resume where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group
- Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor provided they are tested and wear PPE
- Some university students on practical courses will be able to return to face-to-face learning
As part of step one of the roadmap, there will be further limited changes from 29 March, when most schools will break up for Easter. For more information on all the steps set out, visit the government website.
Click HERE to view a guide on what PPE to wear and when.
Please click HERE to read the government guidance for young carers and young adult carers. There is also an easy read version via the link.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms - CLICK HERE FOR AN EASY READ VERSION
Easy read version - PRIME MINISTERS LETTER TO THE PUBLIC
Government Update regarding Public Transport states that it is mandatory to wear face mask covering on all forms of public transport UNLESS you are unable to. Please click HERE for an easy read version.
Click HERE for advice to parents if your child becomes unwell.
Click HERE for the governements guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
Roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine starts
You will probably have seen media reports that a second Covid vaccine (from Oxford University/AstraZeneca) has now been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Roll out of this vaccine started on Monday 4 January 2021, starting with groups in highest priority.
Roll out of the vaccine will take several months and when it’s the right time for you to have your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. The NHS are asking people not to contact them to get an appointment as you will not be able to get a vaccine until you are contacted. For more information including details on priority groups visit the government website.
The UK Government has released translated guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages: Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh. The links are here:
Doctors of the World have also produced NHS COVID-19 advice for patients in more languages, with further languages being added all the time. Available in Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Farsi.