Covid- 19 Pandemic – Help and Advice.
The Government has confirmed that it can move to the next stage of its roadmap, the following will be permitted from Monday 17 May:
You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
- New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
- People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
- Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
- Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
- All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
- Funeral attendance is no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
- The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
- All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
- Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
- There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council websites are both comprehensive resources for up to date Government Advice as well as where to go for help and support
If you are in need of local assistance for shopping Helping Hands are available: The contacts are:-
Jan Wilson 01553 630129
Val Waterfield 01485 600175
COVID 19 – Key Messages
If you live alone and you have symptoms of (COVID-19), however mild, stay in your home for 10 days from when your symptoms started – dry Cough, High Temperature, loss of Taste or Smell
- Arrange for a test https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
- if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms, then you must stay in for 10 days, all other household members who remain well must also stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 38+ or who has been identified by the NHS as being Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV). If you are in those age categories and have not yet been offered an appointment, you should contact the NHS national booking service:
- Online – nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
- By Phone – call 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The hospital remains open to treat all emergencies, but you should not go to QEH unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have questions about your care at QEH please contact the hotline 01553 214545. Operational 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. Visitors are severely restricted, please check first http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk/