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UK Government Guidance

The Government has issued new guidance on the COVID-19 response in an Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 for England.

Plan A concentrates on:-

an enhanced vaccination programme

  • Maximising uptake of the vaccine among those that are eligible but have not yet taken up the offer.
  • Offering booster doses to individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1-9).
  • Offering a first dose of vaccine to 12-15 year olds.=

and a continuation of Test and Trace plus safer behaviours and actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst other measures.

If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the Government has prepared a Plan B which they hope not to implement.

  • Communicating clearly and urgently to the public that the level of risk has increased, and with it the need to behave more cautiously.
  • Introducing mandatory vaccine-only COVID-status certification in certain settings.
  • Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings.Plan B

You can view an Easy Read version of the plans from Inclusion North here

On 19 July we reached the final phase of the government’s roadmap to come out of lockdown. Subject to a few final checks the Covid legal restriction will be coming to an end in England So what does that mean in practice? We’ve produced two videos on YouTube to help you to understand the changes.

Our first video is about Opening Up

Our second video provides information for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People Who Have Been Shielding

You can read guidance about Coronavirus:how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July on GOV.UK here.

Guidance on Shielding and Protecting People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

In England from 21 June, there’s a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap. After 2 weeks, the government will review the data to see if the risks have reduced. It’s expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July. See recent and upcoming changes

Roadmap out of Lockdown
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown moves onto a further stage on Monday 17 May as part of the country’s slow easing out of Covid restrictions. indoor hospitality including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes will open. People will be able to meet indoors with up to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble) and outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people are now allowed. However a new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England and the government is urging caution during this phase in order to continue to stay safe.

This decision was planned as part of the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 setting up the roadmap out of lockdown.
The government will continue to monitor all of the evidence and adjust this advice should there be any changes in infection rates.

Sheffnews provides a local update and Sheffield City Council has a page summarising rules and restrictions.

Coronavirus Restrictions: What You Can and Can’t Do
Keep up to date with changes in restrictions as they are announced.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Over 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England have been informed that they are no longer advised to shield to protect themselves from Coronavirus from Thursday April 1st. However they have been advised to continue taking extra precautions. These steps include continuing to maintain strict social distancing and keeping overall social contacts at low levels, including working from home where possible. Priority supermarket delivery slots will continue to be available until 21 June 2021.

You can see the government advice here.

Roadmap Easy Read Guide from Mencap
https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-03/road%20map%20intro%20updated.pdf

Support for Extremely Vulnerable
You can use this service to get access to priority supermarket deliveries, ask for someone to contact you about any local support that’s available, update your details – for example, your address
You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support

Making a Support Bubble with Another Household
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household

Face Coverings: When to Wear One and How to Make Your Own
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

General Information for the public
The Government’s latest guidance appears in date order and you can use the search facility to look for specific guidance on a particular topic.
https://www.gov.uk/search/all?topical_events%5B%5D=coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response&order=updated-newest

British Sign Language Versions of Government Advice
https://www.signhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/

Adult Social Care: our COVID-19 Winter Plan 2020 to 2021
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-coronavirus-covid-19-winter-plan-2020-to-2021/adult-social-care-our-covid-19-winter-plan-2020-to-2021

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