TSL NEWS: Routes to Shielding & Changes

There have been some significant policy announcements this week, starting on 4th and 6th of July Both announcements will of course have considerable implications for service delivery

An update from Cllr Mariana Pexton.
As you are no doubt already aware, there have been some significant policy announcements this week, with the next stage of easing restrictions announced for 4 July, and new instructions for shielded individuals from 6 July. Both announcements will of course have considerable implications for service delivery

The Government has announced that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid 19 should continue to shield until the end of July 2020. However, from 6th July until the end of July, it is expected that there will be some easing of the restrictions, including that shielded individuals can spend more time outdoors and with other people in groups of up to 6. The attached briefing provides a summary of the Government announcement, and an updated version of the Routes to Support document, which provides information about accessing local support for shielded individuals. We anticipate that financial support for councils will be adjusted upwards to take account of the additional month of shielding responsibilities but this will not be ringfenced.
In the House of Commons yesterday the Prime Minister announced further easing of lockdown restrictions.
The following changes will apply from 4 July:
-          Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen provided they follow Covid-secure guidelines.
-          Two households of any size can meet in any setting, inside or out.
-          People can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation in England provided that no more than two households stay together.
-          Places of worship can reopen for prayer and services, including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.
-          Some leisure and tourist attractions may also be able to reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
-          The 2m social distancing rule will be adjusted so that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.
-          “Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, water parks and spas will remain closed for now
Agencies and organisations might find helpful to read these documents about supporting individuals who are shielding. Read here and here