***Update on COVID-19***
This week the government made some important announcements relating to the next steps to be taken during the COVID-19 crisis.
Labour’s priority is protecting the public’s health and saving lives. That is why we supported the lockdown and support the restrictions that have been put in place. But we need to be honest with the public about the challenges ahead. We are in this for the long haul.
The government has now set out in guidance their plan to move forward from the lockdown in order to safeguard livelihoods, in a way that ministers say will be safe and continues to protect our NHS.
You can read their recovery strategy here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy
Some people said the messaging from Government was inconsistent and so it is important to read the do’s and don’ts for the next stage of lockdown here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
The Government has also provided guidance on how to stay safe should you leave your home – you can read this here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home
The Chancellor also announced this week that the Job Retention Scheme will now continue until October: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october
For all further information including the Government’s new ‘Stay Alert’ messaging: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Other useful information:
COVID-19 and claiming benefits: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Guidance for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/…/guidan…/covid-19-support-for-businesses
NHS website for the latest health advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
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Thank you for reading another long update! Please stay safe and continue to look after each other during these difficult times.