With Black Lives Matter protests happening across UK, many nurses and carers may want to attend to support the movement peacefully.
We provide advice below on the safest way to do this, as well as give important updates on new rules around face masks and travel quarantine.
1. Advice for protesting
If you've joined a protest recently, or are going to join a protest soon, it's essential to know the advice around preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection. This is particularly crucial for nurses and carers, as you come in to frequent contact with frail and vulnerable people at work.
If you're involved in a protest you must self-isolate for 14 days after attending, as the impossible-to-avoid close contact with high volumes of people makes the risk of transmission high.
To protect yourself and your household, you can also try to reduce risk of transmission while protesting...
Reduce risk of transmission at protests:
- Don’t go out to protest if you have any symptoms
- Wash your hands before you leave the house and use hand sanitiser regularly when you’re out
- Keep 2m apart from others on your journey to and from, and (if at all possible) during the protest
- Wear a face covering
- Walk or cycle there and back if you can
But even if you follow the above rules, you should self-isolate for 14 days after the protest, to reduce any risk of transmitting the virus at work.
Adapted from London.gov.uk
2. Face masks on public transport
From 15 June 2020, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.
Bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the risk of transmission.
Wherever possible, you should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive to work - but if this isn't an option, wear a face covering when you catch public transport.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on, and after taking it off. It's important you don’t touch your face covering when wearing it, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.
Adapted from gov.uk - find more advice here.
3. Travel quarantine rules
From 8th June 2020, anyone arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all UK citizens, as well as holiday and business travellers from other countries.
If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you will not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK.
Before you travel, you should provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You will be able to add these to the public health passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive. You must present these details on your arrival in England.
More information from gov.uk here.
We appreciate the incredible work you’re doing every day on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
Florence is continuing to work to keep you, residents and care homes protected from the spread of infection. If you are unsure, please see our guidelines on what we are doing to help all Florence users, as well as see our policy for nurses and carers to follow during this time.