COVID-19—advice and guidance, 11th May

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11 May 2020

At time of writing, we’ve been in lockdown for almost two months, It seems like forever, but there are signs that it could be easing soon. 

The government has made some changes to the way lockdown currently works. Here, we’ll explain what those changes mean for you. 

Returning to work is encouraged—if you cannot work from home. 

While this isn’t mandatory, the government now urges people who have no option to work from home—for instance those in the construction industry—to return to work. 

They should avoid public transport where possible, and of course adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. 

Schools 

Schools in England could be reopening, in very limited ways, as soon as June 1st. Again, this is not set in stone—it's a best-case scenario. 

The following pupils will be allowed to return to school, should this plan come into effect: 

  • Reception and Y1 pupils  
  • Y6 pupils 

Right now, this is not guaranteed. But it’s a good idea to keep it in mind should this potentially affect you. 

Public transport 

The government advice here is to avoid crowds. This means, if you’re required to go into work, travelling by car—or better, walking or cycling, maintaining social distancing as you do. 

Last Saturday, powers were announced by the transport secretary which allow councils to widen pavements and create new, ad-hoc cycle lanes, hopefully making avoiding public transport easier for many. 

Exercise 

From Wednesday 13th May, the rules around personal exercise will be eased. People will be allowed to leave their homes more than once a day—and allowed to sit and meet one other person, provided they remain two metres apart. 

‘Unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise’ is the new rule, with sports such as angling, swimming in rivers and golf allowed, but only within household groups. 

Fines 

While the easing of the rules is sure to be welcomed by many, there are conditions. The fines levied for breaking social distancing rules are increasing. Previously, they started at £60, doubling with each further infraction—they may now start at £100, doubling to a maximum of £3,200. 

Stay Alert 

The slogan ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ has changed—at least, in England. 

The slogan is now ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.’ In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the original slogan is still in place. The best way to handle this is by adhering to both. 

 

These announcements were made quickly, and the guidance is likely to change quicker still-the situation is fluid. Health Assured are committed to guiding you and your people through this crisis—we will continue to update our coronavirus FAQs daily with the latest developments. 

Stay safe, stay healthy. 

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