Useful information on prevention, symptoms and testing In order to keep yourself, your family and your community safe and well there are a number of things you can do.
In the second step of the government's roadmap our of lockdown (from the 12th of April):
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only (there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew)
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble (outdoor sports clubs and facilities can continue to stay open)
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
Children and students will continue to attend face-to-face education in schools and colleges. There will be twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils - in addition to regular testing for all teachers. Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return.
Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed.
The ‘stay at home’ rule has ended however, people should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus you must book a test immediately, either by using the link below or by calling 119. Tests are free but they are ONLY for people who are showing coronavirus symptoms.
For more information on testing in Doncaster, both for those with symptoms and for rapid community testing for those without symptoms, visit our testing webpage.
We really need your help to stop the spread!
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces. New government advice has been issued on when and where people should wear face coverings.
Members of the public should wear face coverings in certain circumstances, such as enclosed spaces where social distancing may not always be possible. Face coverings are required while using public transport in England and are mandatory in shops and supermarkets and in our One Stop Shop, at indoor venues such as museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas and places of worship.
While face coverings do not protect you from contracting coronavirus, it is aimed at protecting people you come into contact with if you are asymptomatic.
Those exempt from wearing face coverings include young children under the age of 11 or those who may have problems breathing while wearing a face covering. More details can be found on the Government Website.
A face covering is made of cloth or other textiles and covers the nose and mouth. You should be able to breathe comfortably through a face covering. You can use also a simple scarf or bandana that ties behind your head or make your own ‘no-sew’ face coverings using the advice available online at gov.uk:
Stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Outdoor activity is encouraged, you can meet one person from outside your household.
Please refer to the latest updated guidance from Public Health England:
For more information, the government have published frequently asked questions outlining what you can and can't do.
Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app today
The NHS COVID-19 App is available to download on the App Store or get it on Google Play.
The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.
The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. Get help downloading the app.
Information and advice to stay safe and well
Using public transport
Please follow the latest government advice and only travel on public transport if you need to, you should cycle or walk wherever possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel. Passengers and staff are being advised to take precautions to try and stop the spread of the infection.
Support for carers
Carers (unpaid) are family, neighbours and friends who care for a person/s who could not manage without their vital support.
As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer.
Are you new to a caring role? Have your caring duties changed recently? Do you need to talk to someone about your caring role?
Carer support gives you the opportunity to find out about help available locally and to help make plans for the future. Please see our page Support for family carers unpaid carers during Covid-19
Please contact Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service in office time (or leave a message outside these times and we will call you back) on 01302 986900 or 07713 089 678. You can also email DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk We will utilise social media as an alternative way to communicate via Twitter @CarersDoncaster and Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service Facebook page.
The links below hold vital information to help and assist at this extremely challenging time:
Doncaster Council can provide Carer’s Needs Assessments, any carer over 18 years old who are looking person or persons over 18 years old who is disabled, ill or elderly. It is an opportunity to record the impact caring has on your life and what support or services you need. The assessment will consider physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. Anyone can become a carer, carers can be of any age, from any background. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer as they feel its ‘what they do’ e.g. looking after one or both parents, their child who has additional needs (who may now be an adult), best friend or neighbour.
Examples of caring can be made up of a single or combination of the following;
- Emotional support like listening and talking
- Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping
- Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or delivery
- Personal care like feeding, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing
- Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home
A Carers Needs Assessment can be completed with you in your own right even if the person you care for is not in receipt of care and support through Adult Social Care. Or you can have a joint assessment as a carer with the person you care for if they are known.
Please contact Doncaster Adult Social Services and Wellbeing Team on 01302 737391 between 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday. The person who takes your call will make contact with the locality team in your area, this team will make contact with you to arrange a time with you to complete your Carers Needs Assessment.
Advice for those aged 60 and Over
If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from Coronavirus. You:
should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others
- are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise.
should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
The full new Government guidance is published here and the Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place.
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
- aged 70 or over (regardless of medical conditions)
under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
- a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. Over this period, we are advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise. The full guidance is available and the Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place.
Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
See our webpage dedicated to advice for those identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.
Please also see the government latest guidance to shielded people where the government set out what this means for those that are shielding.
Doncaster CCG have also produced some useful information on Shielding and Support
We know these are difficult times, so if you feel like you need a little extra support but have no one around to help then please get in touch with us!
You can call our helpline Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 5pm on 01302 430300
Advice if you're worried about someone
If you're worried about someone else, encourage them to use the NHS online coronavirus service or call 111.
For people living with cancer, there is more information on our coronavirus information for people living with cancer page.
Coping with bereavement
Help is available. You can find information on our Coping with bereavement webpage.
Visiting care homes
Please speak with the care home directly to find out their approach to visitors and keeping people safe during the pandemic.
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