***Update on COVID-19***
Following Government announcements – this week a number of lockdown restrictions are being lifted. This relaxation of the rules will enable people to meet more of their family and friends in outdoor settings, with more businesses allowed to reopen, and some students across the country returning to school.
However, throughout the crisis, the government’s approach has been shockingly half-baked. We were too slow to go into lockdown, messages were confused, and now we are coming out of it before we’re ready to do so safely.
The UK already has one the highest levels of excess deaths from Covid in the world. Now Boris Johnson’s reckless rush to lift restrictions means more people will get sick. Tragically, some will lose their lives. It is an utterly irresponsible failure of government and that is why it is important for us to continue to maintain social distancing guidelines wherever possible.
You can find the Government’s latest advice here:
On meeting people outside – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-six-people-can-meet-outside-under-new-measures-to-ease-lockdown
For shielders and those extremely vulnerable: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-hails-resilience-of-shielders-as-restrictions-set-to-ease
The chancellor has also produced new advice and support for the self-employed and those currently furloughed: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-self-employment-support-scheme-and-confirms-furlough-next-steps
Previous advice to follow:
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/…/publica…/staying-safe-outside-your-home
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/
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
Please do keep in touch with any issues that aren’t covered by the information above. Please stay safe and continue to look after each other during these difficult times.