Health guidance

This information was last checked on 3 July 2020. 

From 4 July, up to two households are permitted to gather in groups of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors, provided members of different households can follow social distancing guidelines. Otherwise, gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes.

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others: you can spread the virus to others even if you never get symptoms.

People who play team sports can meet to train together, although anything involving physical contact is not allowed. It will also allow parents to accompany their children to coaching sessions carried out on a one to one basis or in small groups.

From 4 July outdoor gyms and playgrounds can open. Indoor facilities should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Outdoor and indoor swimming pools will also remain closed to the public.

Please see the government sport and recreation guidance for full details of what you now can and can't do from 4 July.

Advice for parents with unwell children

If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-Coronavirus illness, rather than Coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.
Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Please see the below useful poster advising what action to take with different symptoms.

Poster advising parents with unwell children.

Accessing NHS services on your smartphone or tablet

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

Use the NHS App to:

  • book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
  • order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines and request a new repeat prescription
  • check your symptoms - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you
  • view your medical record - securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
  • register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
  • find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

Food and Coronavirus

The Food Standards Agency has published advice for consumers in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The guidance includes advice on food hygiene, social distance when shopping, food storage, food packaging and takeaway food

Government WhatsApp information service

To reduce the burden on the NHS services, gov.uk has launched an automated ‘chatbot’ on WhatsApp. The service provides information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting. The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from gov.uk pages, as well as links to gov.uk for further information.

Supporting people with learning disabilities during the outbreak

People with learning disabilities face considerable health inequalities and this has the potential to be exacerbated during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are a selection of resources that are widely available for people with learning disabilities, their families, their carers, and other supporting professionals.

Accessible resources are available on a wide range of issues, including:

Resources to support families and carers:

Comprehensive, reliable and regularly updated sources of information and resources can be found at the Learning Disabilities Health Network and Learning Disability England.

Testing or swabbing for COVID-19

Testing or swabbing is an important part of the COVID-19 plans to ensure that people can return to work as quickly as it is safe to do so and take the appropriate actions if they test.

Testing is also now available to any member of the public (over the age of 5) with symptoms. 

Our nearest testing facility is Milton Park and Ride. 

Please note: all tests must be booked in advance. Check your symptoms on the NHS website.

Travelling safely

The Department for Transport has published guidance on safe travel and safe transport operations following the publication of the government’s roadmap.

The public is asked to continue to work from home if they can and, if this is not possible, urged to consider cycling, walking or driving before using public transport.

For those who have to use public transport, the guidance for passengers on how to travel safely recommends:

  • keeping 2 metres apart from others wherever possible
  • wearing a face covering if you can
  • using contactless payment where possible
  • avoiding rush hour travel where feasible
  • washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • following advice from staff and being considerate to others

The guidance recognises that there will be times and some settings on public transport where social distancing is not possible. It outlines how people should minimise the duration of this, and take all necessary steps to observe these measures where possible.

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