Useful information regarding eased Lockdown Restrictions and Shielding

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The following information was taken from the Leeds City Council but applies to everyone. You can read the full article here.

Coronavirus – Support for people and communities – June 26, 2020

Updates on restrictions

On Tuesday, the government sent out new guidelines on lockdown restrictions. It is important to remember that although some restrictions have been eased, this is not seen as the end of social distancing.

To stay safe and slow the spread of the virus, here are three key things to remember:

• The two-metre rule still applies wherever possible
• If you can’t stay two metres away, you must try to maintain a distance of one-metre plus.
• Where neither of these are possible, you must take other measures to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. This includes wearing face coverings, standing side-by-side instead of facing people, and using Perspex screens and other barriers.

You must also wear face coverings on public transport and if you have been invited to a face-to-face NHS appointment, unless you are under 3 years old or have medical condition that prevents you from doing so.
More information on keeping safe during this time can be found on the government website.

Updated advice for people shielding from 6th July to 31st July

It has also been announced that the guidance for people who are shielding is set to change from 6th July. You can find out more about this at the government’s website.
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions and maintain strict social distancing. For now, this means only spending time outdoors with members of their own household. If a shielded person lives alone, they can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.

Businesses reopening

The new guidelines mean more businesses will be able to re-open, providing they can do so safely.
During the last two weeks businesses have been gradually reopening, with new measures in place to keep people safe. These include hand sanitising stations so shoppers can wash their hands regularly widened pathways to keep people moving safely, and signage reminding visitors of how they can keep themselves safe such as by using contactless payment.

In the meantime, there is still time for small businesses and local charities to apply for discretionary grant funding before the scheme closes on Sunday.

Covid-19 and hayfever symptoms

During the recent warmer weather we’ve been experiencing, GPs are warning people not to confuse hay fever symptoms with COVID-19, and make sure you know the difference between the two before you go out and about.

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