Coronavirus – Government Support

Lockdown Easing & More – Latest Updates

Here are the latest key updates to the Government’s advice and policy, with a particular emphasis on people with disabilities and those who are shielding. Visit the Government’s website for all their Coronavirus advice, policy and news and to register for support.

Government Advice – latest news and advice:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
    Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Who can be tested Anyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age – Get a coronavirus test The …
  • Gov’t Guidance: shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    Who this guidance is for This guidance is for adults and children in England who are clinically extremely vulnerable. If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter confirming this or have been told …
  • Gov’t Statistics: Lives of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    The Government have published their regular statistical analysis of the lives of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their …
  • ‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards & badges
    The Government have produced the following optional badges that can be used to show that the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. Details The optional badges on this page can be used to show …
  • Shielding Paused in Calderdale From1st August, As Planned
    This is the latest advice from the government for people who are shielding, with specific information about the pausing of shielding on August 1st. This has been the planned end date for shielding for several weeks and the …
  • Test & Trace – New Campaign & Future Expansion
    NHS Test and Trace has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get a free test as soon as they get symptoms. Background Info The new campaign comes as weekly statistics show NHS Test and Trace continues to break the …
  • Gov’t Advice: Calderdale’s New Lockdown Restrictions
    Calderdale is one of a number of areas in the North of England which have been given additional lockdown restrictions following an increase in the spread of coronavirus. These restrictions come into force on Friday 31 July 2020. …
  • Gov’t News: 30 million to receive flu vaccine this winter
    The UK Government have announced that providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during the coming winter’s flu season – millions more than received it last year. Expanded flu vaccination programme to …
  • Gov’t Advice: Supporting children & young people with SEND as schools etc prepare for wid…
    This is the Government’s latest Guidance for settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also has relevance for …
  • Government Guidance on When You Don’t Need To Wear a Face Covering
    When you do not need to wear a face covering In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings. …
  • Face Coverings: Where Are They Not Compulsory?
    From 24 July, you will be expected to wear a face covering before entering any shop or supermarket and must keep this on until you leave. If a shop or supermarket has a café or seating area for you to eat and drink, then you can …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings in Shops, Supermarkets, Transport Hubs Etc
    Face coverings became mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs on Friday24 July Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government …
  • Gov’t Advice: Flexible use of direct payments during the pandemic
    Using your direct payment during the pandemic While we’re all having to cope with COVID-19, the government expects Local Authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to continue to give you as much flexibility as …
  • Government Air Pollution Inquiry
    The Big Issue  Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to UK public health. A cross-party group of MPs is exploring whether the COVID-19 pandemic can act as a catalyst for change. Inquiry: Air quality Environment, Food …
  • Science & Analysis: Outdoor Transmission of Covid-19
    This is the key findings of a report for the Government assessing risk of transmission through outdoor air, water, outdoor surfaces, and food. Read full report Key conclusions ● The highest risk of outdoor transmission is through …
  • Government Advice: Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
    This is the Government’s latest advice on staying safe and social distancing, as updated on 9 July 2020. It’s an important guide that we should all be familiar with. It includes specific advice for the clinically …
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: latest on what you can and can’t do
    This is the Government’s guidance on what you can and can’t do, updated with changes that come into play on 11 July 2020. This document, though lengthy, does give an excellent overview of how you can live your life at …
  • Gov’t Guidance: shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from C…
    This is the latest guidance for this vulnerable group of people from the Government. If local restrictions are in place in your area, please visit local lockdowns guidance People who are identified as clinically extremely …
  • Gov’t Advice: Latest Advice For Vulnerable/Shielding
    This is an extract from the Government’s latest FAQs on what you can and can’t do, which focuses on those in Vulnerable groups, those who are shielding, and those aged 70 years and over Does easing restrictions apply …
  • Gov’t Advice: Majority of children no longer need to shield
    The majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list, according to Government advice published on 6 July 2020. Evidence …
  • Gov’t Advice: Young Carers & Young Adult Carers
    This is the Government’s guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance is for anyone under 25 who cares for a family …
  • Gov’t Advice: Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak
    You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by: working from home where possible shopping locally and less often considering all other forms of transport, such as cycling and walking, before using public transport avoiding …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household
    The government recognises how difficult it has been for people to be cut off from their family and friends in recent months. This has been necessary to help us all stay alert, control the virus and save lives. This guidance …
  • Latest Gov’t Advice For Those Not Shielding
    The UK Government is continuing to ease Coronavirus-related restrictions and its advice reflects that – here is a summary of the changes that came into force on 4 July 2020: From 4 July (More details here): you can meet in …
  • Latest Gov’t Guidance for People who are Shielding
    6-July-2020 Link: Easy Read Version Of This Advice The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few …
  • Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Guidance – the Government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Documents …
  • How Scotland is Beating COVID-19
    Writing on the BMJ’s blogging website, Devi Sridhar and Adriel Chen look at how Scotland is on course to eliminating the virus. In April 2020, the Scottish government issued a framework for decision-making on covid-19 which …
  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
    Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the …
  • What a “Local Lockdown” Looks Like
    The Government have introduced a local lockdown in the Midlands city of Leicester following a spike in Coronavirus cases there. This is a step that we are likely to see more often as the fight against the virus becomes more …
  • Government’s Shielding Advice Update Letter & Video
    Last week the Government sent out a letter to everyone who has been shielding during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the letter, they spell out the upcoming changes to the advice they are giving on shielding, with a two-stage easing …
  • COVID-19 Analysis: Behaviours & Mental Health of The Extremely Vulnerable
    This is a new analysis, from the Government, of clinically extremely vulnerable people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical …
  • How To Get Tested For Coronavirus – Capacity Increased Again
    Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Summary Access to coronavirus testing increased further with six new ‘walk …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    This Government guidance explains how you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus when meeting people that you do not live with. It applies from 4 July. The existing guidance will continue to apply until that date. At …
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July
    This is the Government’s guidance, that will apply from 4 July, that explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Until …
  • Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers to reopen from 4 July
    The Government’s new Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and …
  • Government review of two metre social distancing guidance
    Over the last fortnight, a review panel, led by the Permanent Secretary to No10 and including the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury, has considered the …
  • Lockdown Easing: reopening of tourism and attractions on July 4
    Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy, published 24 June 2020, will help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays  and visit attractions on days out A new VisitEngland …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    The latest Government advice on how you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) from 4 July 2020. Note, there is separate advice on shielding & protecting …
  • Latest General Lockdown Easing Schedule
    Tuesday 23 June saw news of more easing of lockdown measures in England: From Saturday 4th July: pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. two households will be …
  • Gov’t Guidance on shielding & protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    This is the updated Government Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – Updated 23 June 2020 What has changed? The government has updated its guidance for people …
  • Lockdown To Be Eased For People Shielding
    Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across …
  • Government support for social housing residents
    Below are various versions of a letter from Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the …
  • Covid-19 guidance for extremely vulnerable in other languages.
    You can find guidance on shielding and protecting those defined as extremely vulnerable on medical grounds from COVID-19 on the Gov.uk website. This advice is currently provided translated in some foreign languages  (Arabic, …
  • Easy Read guidance for households with possible coronavirus
    The Government has published guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. A series of stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection includes an excellent “Easy …
  • Test & Trace FAQ’s
    The Test and Trace service is an important weapon against the Coronavirus in the UK. Here’s the Government’s latest FAQ on the subject based on questions form the general public. How do I know that I’m being contacted …
  • BSL Videos On Covid-19 & Benefit Changes
    The Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these …
  • Coronavirus and the social impacts: 12 June 2020
    This is the regular Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 4 June to 7 June 2020, used by the Government to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great …
  • Govt Advice: Meeting people from outside your household
    This guidance explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. In England, there are 2 ways that you can do this: meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with …
  • Survey Results: Coronavirus – Social impacts on disabled people
    This is a new document reporting the results of a survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), looking at the social impact of the Coronavirus on people with disabilities in Great Britain. It’s an important …
  • Support Bubbles – Advice For People Who Are Shielding
    The Government’s new Support Bubble advice includes some very important exceptions, particularly if you are shielding or have particular medical or workplace issues. If You Are Shielding If you are clinically extremely …
  • Making a support bubble with another household
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …
  • Government Announces New “Support Bubble” Advice
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …
  • Guidance for people receiving direct payments, their families and PAs
    The government has produced an updated version of their advice document entitled “Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants”. …
  • Shops, Stores & Shopping Centres Get Green Light To Open
    Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, the Government has confirmed (9/6/20). Key Points All non-essential retail shops to reopen in England from Monday 15 June, provided they …
  • Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport
    From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. government asks transport operators in England to make wearing face coverings a requirement of using public transport from 15 June to coincide …
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: Latest on what you can and can’t do
    The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect …
  • Advice: Latest Govt Guidance On Staying Alert & Staying Safe
    This is a bit more detail on the Government’s easing of lockdown and the advice that goes along with it. It was published on 1 June and covers a wide range of activities and scenarios and provides useful clarification on …
  • People Shielding Can Now Leave Homes
    The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced. Links: Shielding can now leave homes / 6 …
  • Groups of up to 6 can now exercise outside
    The Government have announced that people will be able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from Monday 1 June, provided that strict social distancing guidelines are followed. Links: Shielding can …
  • Slight Lockdown Easing For Vulnerable People
    Vulnerable people in England who have been asked to remain at home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. Those with families will be able to go out once a day with members of their …
  • Government Answers To Public Questions
    This is the most recent selection of questions asked by the public and answered and published by the Government on 28 May 2020. Social distancing, and seeing your family and friends Can you clarify the difference between social …
  • Six people can meet outside from June 1
    Links: Our Government Advice Homepage / News Homepage Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. However, those who are …
  • A Guide to Coronavirus Testing
    Here’s the UK Government’s guide to the Coronavirus tests that are being used in this country. With Test and Trace now launched, it’s a useful guide to what to expect if you are in line to be tested. Testing for …
  • Test & Trace – How It Works
    See also: Test & Trace User’s Guide A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …
  • Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June
    Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed …
  • Antibody tests for health and social care staff and patients
    New antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from this week. All NHS and care staff in England will be offered a test, with patients and care residents eligible at their …
  • £300 million for local authorities to support test & trace
    Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service in England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Local authorities to work with government to support test and trace …
  • Up to £15 million for Citizens’ Advice
    Link: Citizens’ Advice and other financial/benefits advice sources Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 …
  • Government Definition of COVID-19 Vulnerable Groups
    This is the Government’s definition of the various COVID-19 vulnerable groups and a brief outline of how they are identified and the support available to them. For more information on the support the Government is offering, …
  • The UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy
    Our plan to rebuild: the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy This is the Government’s recently published document that describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, …
  • Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests
    As of May 18 2020, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change …
  • Shielding & Protecting the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
    This is a reminder of the guidance for shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have …
  • New Info For Social Housing Residents
    The Government has written to all social housing residents in England, to update them on recent changes. It covers a lot of ground, including Maintenance and Repairs, regulations covering work on homes where people are …
  • Government’s Test & Trace Programme Expands
    The government has announced the expansion of the expert team leading on the rapid nationwide roll-out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) test and trace programme. Here’s their press release on the news: On 12 May 2020, the …
  • Current Advice On Face Coverings
    This is the latest Government advice on the use of face coverings: Face Coverings: Key Points People who use public transport or visit shops should consider covering their mouth and nose Social distancing and regular handwashing …
  • Gov’t Advice: New guidance on spending time outdoors
    The Government have released more detail about how you can now spend more time outdoors (From 13th May 2020), a slight easing of the restrictions introduced in late March. To read more about the changes and for relevant links to …
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying safe outside your home
    Here’s the Government’s advice on staying safe outside. It was issued as part of their Coronavirus advice update 10-11 May 2020. It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using …
  • Gov’t Advice: Travel – Buses, Trains, Taxis, Walking etc
    Here’s the Government’s advice on safe travel across a range of transport options, including public transport, walking & cycling, taxis and private hire cars and private cars. It was issued as part of their …
  • Gov’t Advice: Latest for Vulnerable People
    Taken from the Government’s recent (May 10-11th 2020) FAQ on the changes to their Coronavirus advice, here is some specific advice for vulnerable people Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over? The …
  • Gov’t Advice: COVID-19 FAQs – what you can & can’t do
    This FAQ article was published on 11 May 2020 and is intended to answer many of the questions raised by the updated Coronavirus advice issued by the Government on 10th and 11th May 2020. All changes come into effect in England on …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings & When To Use Them
    The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. This advice comes from the Department of Health and Social Care  Face …
  • New Government Document – Changed Advice & Future Strategy
    Following the Prime Minister’s speech announcing changes to various Coronavirus measures and restrictions, the Government have published a detailed new document outlining a lot of detail of how these changes will look and …
  • Prime Minister’s Address To The Nation, Sunday 10 May
    Below are a video and transcript of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 10 May, which marked the first major change in policy since the original implementation of Lockdown in late March. Further clarity on …
  • Major home testing programme for coronavirus
    A major new programme of home testing for coronavirus will track the progress of the infection across England. The programme, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, is being led by a world-class team of …
  • How The Government Is Now Counting COVID-19 Deaths Differently
    A new method of reporting daily COVID-19 deaths has been developed by Public Health England (PHE) and was implemented on Wednesday 29 April 2020. From the public’s point of view, there now looks to be a significant increase …
  • Audio Version of Government’s Coronavirus Leaflet
    The government recently sent Coronavirus information leaflets and letters to 30 million households in the UK. Now, the Macular Society’s chief executive Cathy Yelf has recorded an audio version of both the leaflet and the letter …
  • Coronavirus: The Government’s adult social care action plan
    The government have released details of how they plan to support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The document available to download below sets out the government’s plan for: …
  • MP’s response to our concerns for the vulnerable
    At Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’ve been very aware that many of the more vulnerable members of society have struggled to obtain the support they need during the current lockdown. In particular, many disabled and …
  • Charities Call For Government Plan To Help Most Vulnerable
    Five leading charities are calling for the Government to publish a comprehensive plan to support social care through the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s their public letter outlining their concerns and calling for action: Dear …
  • Former Olympics director leads work to protect clinically vulnerable people
    Chris Townsend OBE has been appointed to lead the government’s shielding programme to protect those at highest risk from coronavirus, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced today (14 April 2020). Mr Townsend, …
  • Government plans to scale up COVID-19 testing programmes
    Published by the Government, this is a long read that looks at how testing for the virus will become one of the keys to defeating it. It’s well worth a read. The original article, plus all the Government’s information …
  • Government Outlines Its Support For Disabled People
    The government have published an article outlining how they are “Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak“. We’ve published the full article below:   This government hugely values …
  • 6-month MOT exemption announced
    Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities. All cars, vans and motorcycles which …
  • Government Service – Register Yourself As “Extremely Vulnerable”
    Get coronavirus support from the Government as an extremely vulnerable person Register with the Government’s website if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be …