With the government’s coronavirus roadmap underway, people across England are preparing for the next stage of restrictions being lifted from 12th April.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also have plans to slowly ease restrictions. You can find out more about each nations’ rules and restrictions here.
What has happened so far?
- On 8th March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom
- Care home residents were allowed one visitor
- On 29th March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households were allowed, and the official “stay at home” message came to an end.
What can we expect for step two?
Free rapid tests
As of 9th April, everybody in England will be entitled to taking a free rapid lateral flow test twice a week, which presents results in just 30 minutes. This includes people who don’t show any symptoms. The rapid tests will be available for home use or at test centres, workplaces and schools. Find out more about this here.
From 12th April, we can expect to see more restrictions being lifted, including the re-opening of:
- Non-essential retail stores, community centres, libraries and beauty salons
- Gyms and indoor leisure facilities
- Outdoor attractions – zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas
- Campsites, holiday lets and other forms of self-contained accommodation – this can happen as long as the facilities aren’t shared with other households
- Pubs and restaurants – outdoor service only
- Indoor parent and child groups
Other restrictions that are to be lifted are:
- Care home residents will be allowed to have two regular visitors indoors
- The number of guests at weddings will increase to 15
- International holidays will remain ‘illegal’
- Funerals to continue with the current number of 30
Our advice to you
As a Florence care professional, most of your work involves coming into contact with members of the public who may fall into the clinically extremely vulnerable category. This means it is important to be mindful of those who may be at a higher level of vulnerability.
We advise that you follow these simple steps to help protect against transmission and infection.
- Get vaccinated as soon as you can – book the vaccine via the NHS here
- Get tested regularly if you are not yet vaccinated – find out how to access test kits here
- Wear a face mask and the correct PPE in care homes – you can find guidance about this by clicking on the respective links
- Follow infection control guidelines in care homes - take a look at our advice here.
Here to help
We’re always here to provide the latest guidance and help you find work in your area – if you have any questions at all, please get in touch. Simply speak to your account manager directly, call us on 020 3911 2555 or email [email protected], and we’ll do our best to help you.
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