THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
Travel updates 3rd June: Red, Amber, and Green Rules for Entering England
Important information for carers travelling from Portugal:
Amber list countries and territories
What you must do if you have been in an amber country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
Before travel to England
Before you travel to England you must:
- take a COVID-19 test
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
On arrival in England you must:
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
Government Update 17th May –
You should get a test and follow the stay-at-home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get tested twice a week free of charge and isolate if you are positive
- Get vaccinated when you are offered it and encourage others to do so as well
Since 17th May, the following has been allowed.
- Groups of up to 30 can meet outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors (and stay overnight)
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, and other life events
- Funeral numbers are not capped, but determined by venue size
- Up to 30 can attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)
- Care home residents can have up to five named visitors, and more freedom for out-of-home visits
Social distancing guidance has also changed. Contact with close family and friends is described as a matter of personal judgement, but people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.
Leisure and entertainment
- Pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants allowed to serve indoors
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas, and children’s play areas can open
- Theatres, concert halls, conference centres, and sports stadiums can reopen
- Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
- Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
- Hotels, hostels, and B&Bs can reopen
- People can travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when they return
14th June – What’s been announced?
The delay is because of concerns over the Delta variant of Covid. Cases are growing by about 64% per week and in the worst affected areas are doubling, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
More time is needed to vaccinate people before remaining rules can be lifted, the PM said.
However, a few restrictions are being lifted:
- The number of guests at a wedding will no longer be limited to 30, although venues and hosts will have to do a risk assessment to ensure social distancing can take place (similar rules apply to wakes)
- Care home residents will not necessarily have to self-isolate after leaving their care homes, and they will be able to nominate an “essential caregiver” who can visit, even if they are self-isolating
- Children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30 with, for example, the Scouts or Guides, or as part of summer residential schools
- Also, large events pilots will continue, including more Euro 2020 games and a number of other sports, arts, and music events
Foreign Travel –
Foreign travel advice has also changed due to the tighter restrictions, if you are making plans to come to the UK or head home you will have to quarantine in designated hotels organised by the Government, which is effective from Monday 15 February. The cost of this is £1,750 for 10 nights, which includes your accomodation, food and testing. You will need to take a Covid-19 test on Day 2 and Day 8 of your self-isolation. Find out more here >
The NHS APP will also be updated to reflect the changes. For full details around the new guidelines and to understand what you can and can’t do, follow this link here >
Training at Consultus
The training team are continuing to offer four hour, socially distanced face-to-face practical training sessions as part of the carer induction and update courses. Carers undertaking their annual update training will complete three online courses and four Consultus virtual training topics before attending the practical moving & positioning and basic life support training at the Consultus training centre where there will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place, and a maximum of 5 carers attending each session.
Please click here for more information.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.
Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:
The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus
WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus.
Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>
Symptoms: The main symptoms of Covid are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste.
Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/