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   Latest covid-19 guidelines    28 July, 2020

Behaviours to promote

· Hand washing

· Social distancing – 2 metres or 1 metre plus mitigation

· Face coverings (mandatory e.g. shops, supermarkets, takeaways, public transport, NHS settings and GP practices, and voluntarily e.g. in enclosed public spaces)

· Symptom awareness

o Self-isolate if showing symptoms and get tested (only leave home to get tested)

o Access free testing where needed and self-isolate if positive or if contact traced

· Book a free drive-through or walk-through test at a test site or order a home test kit…

· Contact tracing - If you’re told you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you must isolate for 14 days to protect others

Dates and milestones to be aware of

24 July - Face coverings will be required in shops, supermarkets and takeaways - in addition to public transport where they are already required. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet. ·

25 July - Reopening of indoor gyms, pools and other sports facilities. ·

1 August - The government will update the advice on going to work. The government will give employers more discretion, and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. · 1 August – Shielding and the clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer need to follow advice on shielding, though should still take particular care to follow the social distancing guidelines when meeting people.The government will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos, and will enable all close contact services such as beauticians to resume. 1 August - Indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, can restart and the government will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia, with a view to wider reopening in the Autumn. Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will also be allowed. ·

September – The government are suggesting schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis. Universities are working to reopen as fully as possible. ·

October - The government intends to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence in covid-secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots. ·

November – The government’s ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on a number of factors, including consideration of the specific challenges as we move into winter.

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