From 8th March
From 29th March
Coronavirus Update – 05 March
As we approach ‘step 1’ of the government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, it’s vital we continue to follow all the 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
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 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.
The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says that the Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals.
The vaccine is currently being given to:
- People aged 60 and over
- People who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- People who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- People who live or work in care homes
- Health and social care workers
- People who get Carer’s Allowance.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The message from the CCG is that if you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
For more information, please see the CCG website.
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