20th May 2020
- The Government has launched a new ‘Pick for Britain’ website, encouraging UK workers to apply for fruit and vegetable picking jobs to help with the farming harvest. The coronavirus crisis has caused significant staff shortages in this area, and jobseekers, students and furloughed workers are encouraged to apply for work if they can.
If you or a member of your household develop the symptoms of coronavirus (anosmia, a new persistent dry cough OR a temperature above 100F/ 37.8C) then you and every member of your household should remain at home at all times for 14 days. This means you cannot leave home to shop or exercise, and should arrange to have supplies delivered to your door.
Monday, 11 May, 2020
More detail has been published today following the Prime Minister's address to the nation last night.
It's a 50-page document and so, whilst I have included a link to it below, I have set out the main points here, with links to where you can find out more.
As the graphic below shows, this is intended to be a phased approach, with steady steps back towards a more normal life, provided that the virus's infection rate continues to decline as is hoped.
The amendment of the measures apply from Wednesday, and will mean that you:
can go outside for exercise more than once;
can meet one person from outside your household, provided that is in a public place and you keep the two-metre distance - i.e. one person meeting one person;
should continue to work from home if at all possible but if you cannot, you should look to go to work in certain sectors, ideally not by public transport;
are advised to wear face coverings in certain circumstances;
There are further steps hoped to be taken in stages in June and July.
There is a very helpful webpage - "Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do" - that answers many often-asked questions - please take a look.
Please note that at all times you must practice social distancing. There is some helpful guidance on what that means, how you do it, and how else to keep yourself safe outside your home, here.
If you want to read the Government's 50-page road map, called "OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy", then you can find it here.