Coronavirus Information Hub

 


 

Latest News & Changes

Thursday 27th January, 2022:

Coronavirus restrictions relating to adult social care (e.g., in care homes/residential settings) will be eased in England from Monday 31st January.
There will no longer be any limit on the number of visitors allowed to enter care homes, self-isolation periods will be reduced and management of any Covid-19 outbreak in a care home will only have to follow the rules for 14 days, not 28 as at present.
There are other changes applicable to staff matters effective 16th February.
As always consult the full regulations set out on the UK government web site.
[entered: 27/01/2022]

Wednesday 19th January, 2022:

The UK government ( but changes only apply to England ) announced an easing of the restrictions that have been in place since late November / early December last year: in summary these are ...

From Wednesday 19th January: You are no longer asked to work from home if you can. Talk to your employer to agree arrangements to return to your workplace.
From Thursday 20th January: Staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges will not be required to wear a face covering in classrooms (but still required in 'communal' areas inside - see immediately under).
From Thursday 27th January: You will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but the government suggests you should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. (Remember: individual organisations may either mandate, or strongly suggest, continuing wearing of such [e.g., transport concerns, supermarkets etc.] & health settings [e.g., hospitals, clinics, surgeries, chemists etc.], will still require appropriate face covering).
You’ll no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government.

Saturday 15th January, 2022: 

From the 17th January ... (in England) ... you can stop isolating at the start of day 6 if you get two negative rapid lateral flow tests on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be 24 hours (at least) apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again. More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government.

Thursday 6th January, 2022: 

From the 11th January ... (in England) ... if you get a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result: you will no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test, but you should self-isolate immediately. If you HAVE symptoms of Coronavirus then you will need to take a PCR test. More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government.

 
REMEMBER! The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up surprises before ... expect changes ahead ... and take care!

Do YOU need help?

If you feel you need help the 'Contacts' section of this web page (below), has a listing of useful telephone numbers of those who can help. If you find difficulty contacting any of these organisations, please contact me via email.

Keep up to date with Dorset Coronavirus news

Public Health Dorset issue regular updates regarding the situation across Dorset Council area ( also Bournemouth - Christchurch - Poole / BCP ) and these can be accessed on their web site; the updates are usually issued on a Thursday or Friday & will open in a new browser window.

 

Sources

Here is a 'central' listing of some useful / reliable web sites that you can access - just click on the listing below: they will be kept under review ( let me know if they fail - I'll sort it soonest! ):

NHS main Coronavirus information page
UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
Dorset Council: latest news and advice
This is the Dorset-wide advice source for all matters relating to support for business, education & community facilities. This page also has useful links to reliable / official sources of further information.
- Dorset Council have published a " Dorset Council Local Outbreak Plan " and this can be accessed via this link.

And, if you're having difficulty understanding what the local regulations are ... the BBC have produced a useful application that will help out: just enter your postcode
Local rules - Covid-19 - in your area. BUT REMEMBER, if you move 'outside' your postcode area, say into Bournemouth or further afield, then the regulations may be different! There is now a gov.uk guide to the regulations - with a 'postcode' checker, available via the UK government link listed above.

Contacts

See the list of organisations below who can help at this time.

AgeUK have been playing a coordinating role across Dorset: the main contact point for our area is now the " Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset ( BPED ) " section: contact them using the links on our Support & Advice Services page.

Dorset Council have a range of advice linked from a specific page on their site - this opens in a new browser window.

Citizens Advice are still active, but obviously with the current distancing restrictions, they are not able to offer 'face-to-face' advice / guidance & will be very busy. Call or email them using the links on our Support & Advice Services page.

Royal Voluntary Service are providing support from the large pool of volunteers across the country. If you feel you need support ( e.g., with shopping, collecting medication or other essential supplies ), then call 0808 196 3646 ( 8.00 am - 8.00 pm ) or contact them via their NHS Volunteer Responders web page.

Facebook links

Several local organisations are using Facebook extensively at this time to make information available: the list below can be used to access those sites if required.

Pinehurst Community Church
Spotted West Moors (community-based)
St. Anthony of Padua RC Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
West Moors Town Council