Coronavirus Update – 26 February
Government has this week announced details of a ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, but for now we remain in lockdown, and it’s vital we continue to follow restrictions – remember to stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

For more information on the latest restrictions, please see the GOV.UK website.

DDC continues to work hard to maintain services and keep communities informed. For the latest information on DDC services, please see www.dover.gov.uk

‘Roadmap’ update
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be lifted over time.

England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow the rules set out in the government guidance.

From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing:

  • You will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted
    Pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings will be able to return to face-to-face education
  • Wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances
  • Students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities or complete assessments will be able to return
  • There will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel
  • Those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure
  • The rules on visiting care homes will change to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor.
  • No further significant changes will be made on 8 March and restrictions requiring you to stay at home will remain in place. Later changes, including from 29 March, are set out in the roadmap.

The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised not to attend work, school or education until 31 March.

For more details, please see the latest government guidance, or for a full summary, please see the government Press Release.

National lockdown
We currently remain in lockdown. You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
    Attend education or childcare – for those eligible.
  • If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay in your local area – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Staying in your local area means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

For full details, please see the Government guidance.

Vaccinations update
The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says that the NHS is now offering Covid19 vaccine appointments to people in ‘cohorts’ five and six.

Cohort five is people aged 65 to 69. If you are in this group, you will receive a letter from the national booking service and you can book an appointment at one of the large vaccination sites or community pharmacy services.

People in cohort six, those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions (considered clinically vulnerable), will be invited by their GP surgery for a vaccination appointment. ​​​​Carers will be invited either by the national booking system or by their GP for a vaccination appointment. To be invited for a vaccination as a carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable, you will need to be registered as a carer with your local authority (council) or on your GP record.

The CCG says there are significant numbers of people in the next two cohorts to be vaccinated, and they will shortly begin offering second doses to people 12 weeks after their first dose. The message from the CCG is that they are working very hard to vaccinate people quickly and safely. Please continue to be patient.

For more information, please see the CCG website.

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