|Anne-Marie Trevelyan via mailchimpapp.net||11:35 (6 hours ago)|
|View this email in your browserGood morning everyone. There have been a number of important changes to the Coronavirus guidance that it is important to make everyone aware of.
The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that the Government’s five tests are being met. This means we can now move forward to the next phase of adjusting the lockdown.
A series of measures will be put in place in England from Monday 1 June in three core areas – schools, retail and social contact.
1) Schools and nurseriesOn Monday we will start to open schools – in a safe way – by reopening nurseries and other early years settings and reception, Year 1 and Year 6.On 15 June, secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for Years 10 and Year 12.2) RetailOn Monday, outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen, provided they meet Covid-secure guidelines.On 15 June, we intend to reopen other non-essential retail – but only provided the five tests are still being met and shops have been made Covid-secure. 3) Social contactFrom Monday we will allow up to six people to meet outside, including gardens and other private outdoor spaces – provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart. At the moment, people can meet in parks but not in private gardens. The evidence shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors and this step will mean that people can see more of their friends, family and loved ones – perhaps seeing both parents at once, or both grandparents at once.Minimising contact with others is still the best way to prevent transmission. You should also try to avoid seeing people from too many households in quick succession.It remains the case that people should not be inside the homes of their friends and families, unless it is to access the garden or use the loo. Please keep up with regular handwashing. We will see how these new changes are working, and look at the R value and the number of new infections before taking any further steps, so we can ensure anything we do does not risk a second peak that could overwhelm the NHS.
Test and trace
The NHS test and trace programme is now operational. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, you and your household should self-isolate and book in for a test. Testing is now open to everyone, including the under-5s. Details of how to book a test are HERE. Please do this as soon as you develop symptoms.
If you test positive, the NHS contact tracers will ask you about your recent activities to try to highlight anyone you may have been in contact with whilst potentially infectious.
There is more information on how it will work HERE.
Please do browse the above link and make yourself familiar with how the NHS might contact you. It includes the telephone number they will call from. I am aware that there have already been reports of scam artists texting people to ask for personal details. The NHS tracer teams will never ask for your social media details, they won’t ask you to set up a pin or password and they won’t be calling from a premium rate number (09 or 087).
Best wishes as ever