Note from Sara
I want to thank everyone in Hyndburn & Haslingden for coming together. We have had an amazing response with volunteers coming forward as we work with Hyndburn Council to support the elderly and vulnerable in our community. We've showed that this virus will not steal our spirit and collective resolve. I want to say a huge thank you, to all key workers that have selflessly continued to work throughout lockdown. Putting themselves in harms way to protect us and allow our nation to carry on running.
This is an unprecedented time for our country in the midst of Covid-19 outbreak and I'd ask that everyone follow government's advice.
Thank you again for all your support and for keeping Hyndburn & Haslingden safe.
For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.
On the left-hand side of this page (or at the bottom, if you're on a mobile device) you can see a number of links which set out the support for businesses and individuals, as well as more information on the Coronavirus outbreak
Changes to advice for the 'Shielded'
Shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been paused across England.
This means those who have been shielding over the course of the pandemic are no longer be advised to do so, and can begin to go back to work and school as long as the sites are COVID-secure.
People are also be able to go outside as much as they like, and visit supermarkets, pubs and shops, with social distancing guidelines still strongly advised.
The latest scientific evidence shows that the average incidence across the country remains lower now than the point when the decision was made to proceed with the pausing of shielding nationally. This has allowed for the relaxation of the guidance.
Some changes postponed for at least a fortnight
The government has announced that changes previously expected to come into force at the start of August will now be delayed for at least two weeks.
Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume. Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place. Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
Extention of the self-isolation period
Evidence has strengthened and showing that people with COVID-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.
That's why those showing symptoms of coronavirus, or who have a positive test result, must now self-isolate for 10 days, rather than 7 days.
Countries from travel corridors exemption list
People returning to the UK from selected countries will need to self-isolate on their return to the UK. The travel guidance follows the confirmed cases and needs to be followed closely.
If you are currently in these countries, you should follow the local rules and return home as normal. You can check my Coronavirus Travel Advice page for more information.
You now need to wear a face-covering – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandana – that covers the nose and mouth in additional enclosed public spaces, as well as frequent hand washing and careful social distancing. This includes shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs.
It is also compulsory to wear a face-covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. If you are in the premises where you are able to sit down and consume food or drink that you have bought, then you can remove your face covering in order to eat and drink on-site.
The requirement to wear a face-covering has also been extended to other indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. These changes will be enforced from 8th August.
Rule of Six
The government has announced further measures to lift the lockdown in England. The new rules mean that you can meet up in groups of up to six either indoors or outdoors. This rule applies to people you don't live with and is enforceable with police fines.
Stay safe from Coronavirus scams
There have been concerning reports of NHS contact tracing scams by those trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Contract tracers will NEVER:
❌ ask you to make payment.
❌ ask any details about your bank account.
❌ ask you for any passwords or PINs.
❌ ask you to download anything.