Important Covid-19 Update

Important Update

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2 June 2020

Stay Alert > Control The Virus > Save Lives

Social Distancing New Guidelines

FAQs

There are a limited number of things you will be able to do that you could not do before:

  • spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • visit car showrooms and outdoor markets
  • in line with the arrangements made by your school, send your child to school or nursery if they are in early years, reception, year 1 or year 6, if you could not before

At all times, you should continue to keep to strict social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your household.

Find out about all the updated advice about social distancing on the Government's updated FAQs


Vulnerable Groups - What's New?

1.5m Vulnerable

The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

If they do go out more frequently, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If they choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of their own household.

If they live alone, they can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. Remember to take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart. The guidance for shielding will be kept under regular review.


Can I share food and drink?

Can I have a picnic or a barbeque in an outdoor space?

Vegan Barbeque

Yes but stay alert. You should not pass each other food or drink unless you live together. You should not use plates or utensils that someone from another house has touched - either bring your own or ensure you have thoroughly cleaned them before using. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and use disposable towels if possible.

If you are in someone else’s garden, you must not go inside to help the host carry the food out or to help with the washing up.


Are Day Trips and Holidays Okay?

Outside day trip

Day trips to outdoor open space are allowed as long as you can return the same night. You should make sure you do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away. You should practise social distancing from other people outside your household.

You should continue to avoid using public transport if you can. Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport. If you need to use public transport, use should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

Holiday home

You are not allowed to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose. This includes staying overnight in a second home. If your work requires you to stay away from home you can do but should continue to practice social distancing.

Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except where providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work. Hotels are also available to host those self-isolating after arriving in the UK (where no other accommodation is available).


Who is Allowed to Work?

Planning

Employers should make every effort to support working from home, including by providing suitable IT and equipment as they have been already. This will apply to many different types of businesses, particularly those who typically would have worked in offices or online.

Where work can only be done in the workplace, there are secure guidelines for employers to help protect their workforce and customers from Coronavirus while still continuing to trade or getting their business back up and running. 

These ‘back to work’ guidelines apply to those in essential retail like:

  • supermarkets
  • those in construction and manufacturing
  • those working in labs and research facilities
  • those administering takeaways and deliveries at restaurants and cafes
  • tradesmen, cleaners and others who work in people’s homes
  • those who are facilitating trade or transport goods

Non-essential retail, restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms and leisure centres will remain closed. They will reopen in a phased manner provided it is safe for everyone for them to do so they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect consumers and workers. 

The Government has announced its intention to reopen non-essential retail from 15 June, but only provided the five tests are still being met and shops have been made Covid secure.


Find Out More

Support

More information on Council services, our community response and support for residents and businesses can be found on our West Devon Borough Council and South Hams District Council websites.

For more information from the Government, visit their FAQs here.