Coronavirus – Government Advice

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Here are links to the key pieces of information about staying safe during the pandemic from the Government. We’ve chosen them with a particular emphasis on the needs of 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.

Link: Government Website Coronavirus Advice & Support – a very comprehensive range of advice and information.

Government Advice – our selection of the most latest news and advice from the government:

  • Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England
    Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April 2021, the Government has announced. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free …
  • Access To Work Factsheet
    This is the Government’s latest information on the Access to Work scheme, which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Read …
  • Advice: Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities & autism
    This Government guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults. It has been updated in line with the latest easing of lockdown regulations. The …
  • Face-to-face assessments to resume for health and disability benefits
    The Government’s Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that, “in line with the latest public health guidance and adhering to strict safety protocols”, it is to begin reintroducing face-to-face assessments for …
  • Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England
    Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus …
  • Coronavirus Restrictions – 29 March: What’s changed?
    Some of the Government’s Coronavirus rules on what you can and cannot do change on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a …
  • End of Shielding: BSL Version of Government Advice
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. The Government is sending a letter to all of them explaining this decision and updating advice on preventing the …
  • Ongoing advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people
    This is the latest (March 18th) advice from the Government for people who have been shielding. Shielding advice is being paused nationally from 31 March. From 1 April you are no longer advised to shield, but you must continue to …
  • Letter To Clincally Vulnerable With End of Shielding Advice
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable is changing from 1 April and the Government have sent the following letter to everyone who is on their shielding list.  On 22 February the Government published a roadmap out of the …
  • Shielding To End On 1 April
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. It comes as the numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions have declined for the past couple of weeks. …
  • Coronavirus: Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    The Government has published a series of advice documents 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. Here are …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …
  • COVID-19: Overcrowded housing – reducing the risk of infection
    The government has published guidance that explains the additional steps you should consider to reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 for people who live in: accommodation with shared facilities, such as a block of …
  • Recent DWP Announcements & Budget Fallout
    Key points from this week’s Budget announcement Extension of furlough and support for the self-employed The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September. Employees will continue to receive 80% of …
  • The Government’s Back To School & College Information
    What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 – this is the government’s information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in …
  • Lockdown – Rules That Change On 8 March
    March 8th is the first date when changes are made to the lockdown rules in England. It marks the first steps on the government’s easing of Coronavirus restrictions which it published as the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring …
  • At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner
    At least 150,000 people with learning disabilities are to get the Coronavirus vaccine sooner than originally planned – the news was released by Public Health England yesterday (24 Feb 2021) – here’s what they …
  • Stage 1 – Summary of March 8th changes of restrictions
    From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing: you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support …
  • Call 119 For A Covid-19 Home Testing Kit
    The government has introduced a number of new improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested. People who do not have access to the internet can now order PCR home testing kits over the phone by …
  • Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have …
  • Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?
    With more people are being added to the shielding list in England, the BBC have published this article looking at shielding, who it applies to and what changes are being made: Who is being added and why? Health advisers say they …
  • Gov’t Report: Coronavirus related deaths by disability status
    A new Government report has been released which focuses on estimates of differences in COVID-19 mortality risk by self-reported disability status and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths occurring up to 20 November …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …
  • Gov’t Advice: How to stop the spread of coronavirus
    Here’s the latest Government advice on stopping the spread of Coronavirus. We’re all familiar with the basics, but it’s well worth a read just to refresh your memory on some of the details! Protect yourself and …
  • Guide: Lateral Flow testing for people without symptoms
    This is an explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme. Published 27 January 2021 by the government. NHS Test and Trace is making rapid …
  • Guide: Limiting close contact with others in the household if you have COVID-19
    Spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to …
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable next in line for Vaccination invites
    People in England listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week, alongside people aged 70 and over. Many people with disabilities fall into the groups set to receive the …
  • COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people – Translations available
    There are now many translations available of the recently updated letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The letter offers a range of advice, information and suggested support sources: View …
  • Guidance on shielding – BSL and Audio Versions
    Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – British Sign Language Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – audio Published 21 …
  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, exemption cards
    Government advice on face coverings: When to wear a face covering There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse (see When you do not need to wear a face …
  • Government Publishes Vaccination Plan
    The Government has publishes plans for the largest vaccination programme in British history. At least 2 million vaccinations per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK Over 200,000 offers of non-clinical support from …
  • Coronavirus: How to help/volunteer or receive help safely
    This government guidance is for volunteers and those receiving support from volunteers. Part 1 – Giving Support to Others The most important thing you can do to fight coronavirus is to follow social distancing guidance. …
  • Summary of the Government’s Covid-19 economic support measures
    UK wide support for jobs We have extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of April 2021. The government will cover the cost of 80 per cent of the wages of furloughed employees for hours not worked – employers …
  • Latest Government Letter/Advice For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Part 1 – Letter Important advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the national lockdown On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to help tackle the high and rising cases of …
  • Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi shares news of vaccine deployment
    This statement was released by the Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday 10 January 2021 and it outlines the plans to step up vaccine deployment in the UK in the coming weeks and months. Britons will again be …
  • Government Support Info: If You Are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
    Support is in place for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals, who must follow separate shielding guidance during the national lockdown. If you’re in this group, you will previously have: Received a letter from …
  • Shielding: Government Advice For Those Needing To Shield
    The Government has advised all those who are clinically vulnerable and who have previously shielded that they should resume shielding as part of the National Lockdown that commenced on Tuesday 5 January 2021. As yet, the …
  • Gov’t Advice: Children who can still access schools in lockdown
    Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote …
  • Government Advice: National Lockdown 3
    This is the Government’s advice on what we can and can’t do during the third national Coronavirus lockdown in England, commencing 5 January 2021. It’s a long and detailed document, but there is a shorter summary …
  • Government Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination
    This is Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination, published by Public Health England Documents COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults leaflet (print version) …
  • Tier 3 Restrictions – Various Language Versions Available
    The Government has extended the information available about Tier 3: Very High alert restrictions, which currently apply in Calderdale, to include Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, …
  • Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine launched
    The first UK patients received the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on the morning of 4 January 2021. This is the Government’s own press release covering the news: The NHS is the first health service in the …
  • Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    “Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services” is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We’ve published the introduction below, but you …
  • Calderdale Stays in Tier 3
    Many places in the country are moving into a higher tier on December 31st to control the spread of COVID-19. However, Calderdale will remain in Tier 3 for the time being. We continue to need to do the simple things well to …
  • UPDATED: Gov’t Guidance for the Christmas period
    Contents Meeting friends and family Visiting bars, pubs and restaurants Visiting churches and other places of worship Visiting shops and Christmas markets Attending events, including performances and Christmas lighting ceremonies …
  • UPDATED: Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
    Latest Government Advice – Updated 19 December 2020. 1. Forming a Christmas bubble Christmas bubbles, support bubbles and childcare bubbles are all different things and have their own specific rules. The rules on Christmas …
  • UPDATED: Making a Christmas Bubble: Translations & Easy Read
    Here are a range of translations of the Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family HTML Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family (large print) PDF, 207KB, 20 pages …
  • Calderdale To Remain in Coronavirus Restrictions Tier 3
    Thursday 17 December 2020 As part of its promised review of Coronavirus restrictions in England, the UK Government has announced that Calderdale will remain in Tier 3 restrictions until the next review date (expected to be in 2 …
  • List of private providers of coronavirus testing
    The government have released a list of approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department of Health and Social Care have said that the private sector (non-NHS) providers published on this page …
  • Long-Term Unwell Urged To Get Flu Vaccine Before Christmas
    Health chiefs, and a coalition of charities, are urging people with long-term health conditions to get the flu vaccine before the virus starts to circulate. Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are …
  • Self-Isolation Cut From 14 to 10 Days
    Self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of COVID as it breaks the chains of transmission. After reviewing the evidence, the Government has announced that is now confident that we can reduce the number of days that …
  • BSL Videos: Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 1: Medium – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 2: High – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically …
  • BSL Video: Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the Christmas period
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people and advice during the Christmas period – British Sign Language Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • COVID-19 vaccination: guide for clinically vulnerable people
    This is the government’s latest advice about the Coronavirus vaccine. Although nominally aimed at older people, it is also directly relevant to people who are clinically vulnerable to the virus, including many people with …
  • Making a Christmas Bubble With Friends (including translated versions)
    The Government have produced a detailed guide to how to form a bubble with friends and family over the Christmas period. We’ve reproduced it in full below. there are also a range of translations of this advice, plus an easy …
  • Green Light for first UK COVID-19 vaccine
    On 2 December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has was given approval for use, following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: Priority groups for vaccination
    This document was published by the Government on 2 December 2020 and sets out the priority order for people to receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK. This is a lengthy document, but for those simply interested in the current …
  • Government Advice: Care Home Visits, Inside & Out
    The Government has published advice for Care Homes on how to manage the visits of families of residents and how to manage meet-ups outside Care Homes for those able to manage them. Although detailed and intended primarily for …
  • Coronavirus Restrictions – Tier 3 Explained
    Here’s a handy poster which explains what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions from 2 December. Calderdale is in Tier 3, so this poster applies to our area. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike …
  • Latest Government Advice For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Here is the latest version of the letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. It’s full of useful advice and information on getting support. Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people …
  • DWP Releases Attendance Allowance Update
    The Department for Work and Pensions’ Attendance Allowance (AA) review processes are reverting to previous arrangements, after changes were made in response to COVID-19. The first customers to be affected will be those …
  • Free Vitamin D Supplements For Vulnerable People
    The Department of Health and Social Care’s is offering a free 4-month supply of vitamin D supplements to support general health, and in particular bone and muscle health. The offer is aimed at anyone who is clinically extremely …
  • Guide: Reducing Coronavirus Transmission Indoors
    The Government has published a scientific paper on how to reduce the chances of transmitting Coronavirus whilst in your own home or the homes of other people. It’s extremely detailed, but worth a read if you want to know a …
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restrictions Explained
    This is the Government’s advice on Coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas period. Some restrictions are eased (notably meeting other people in Christmas Bubbles), whilst others remain in force. Meeting friends and …
  • Christmas Bubbles Explained
    This is the rather lengthy advice from the Government on how many people you can meet and under what circumstances, during the Christmas period. The festive period is an important time for many people of all faiths and none who …
  • Calderdale’s Tier 3 Restrictions Explained
    More Info: Christmas Restrictions / The 3-Tier System Explained From the morning of Wednesday 2 December Calderdale will be under Covid restrictions in the Tier 3 (very high alert) category for England. Here are the key points of …
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restriction Easing – What Are The Key Points?
    Here are the key details of the Government’s planned easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period and the advice they offer to help make it as safe as possible. …
  • The New Tier System In Detail
    Local restriction tiers: what you need to know Below are details from the government of the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier. This …
  • Coronavirus: Return To a 3-Tier System At End of Lockdown, 2 December
    Later today (Monday 23 Nov), the Government is expected to announce a return to the “three tier system” when lockdown ends on 2 December. Details – What You Can Expect While parts of the tier system will be …
  • COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable (multiple language options)
    This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people, with additional information to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required …
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Here are links to the latest 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 Guidance for local …
  • Government Paper – Role of Children in Transmission of COVID-19
    The Government has published an updated scientific paper on the role of children in transmission of COVID-19. It looks at the risks for children, young people and those they come into contact with. View on Government Website TFC: …
  • Government Letter To Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Below is the content of a letter that the government has sent to clinically extremely vulnerable people, updating them on the current Coronavirus restrictions and offering a range of advice on staying safe. There are also …
  • Government Report: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people Sept 2020
    This report looks at the social impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain. This release uses two waves of survey results covering 24 September to 4 October 2020 and includes indicators …
  • Rapid coronavirus tests for Calderdale
    This news item has just popped up on the BBC Yorkshire News Website (10/11/2020) Updated – Government announcement of the same news Rapid coronavirus tests to be rolled out in Yorkshire Priority groups are to benefit from …
  • Government Advice: Making a support bubble with another household
    How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. National restrictions began in England on 5 November Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and …
  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own
    You can find out more about this topic on our Face Covering exemptions page. This is the Government’s latest advice on face coverings – the advice explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, …
  • Government Mental Health & Wellbeing Advice
    What you need to know The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need …
  • Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
    Updated advice for November 5 Lockdown onwards Who this guidance is for? This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have …
  • New Coronavirus Restrictions Start Thursday 5 November
    In the effort to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, as of Thursday 5th of November the whole of England will be entering new restrictions/lockdown. Once the new national restrictions have been approved by parliament, they are …
  • New National Coronavirus Restrictions from 5 November
    This is the information published by the Government  on 1 November 2020, detailing the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the …
  • Guidance For Those Vulnerable to Covid-19
    There’s a really useful “easy read” guide for people who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. It’s a great way to refresh you memory of the priorities as you go about your everyday life. Easy Read …
  • Calderdale’s Coronavirus Restrictions – Easy Read Poster
    Tier 2 Restrictions A visual guide to the restrictions currently in place across Calderdale Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Guidance For Those Who Are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (13/10/20)
    Who this guidance is for This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you …
  • Local Restrictions: Calderdale From 14 October
    As of this Wednesday 14th October, restrictions in Calderdale are changing. Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions, announced by the government this afternoon. …
  • Prime Minister Reveals New Three-Tier Coronavirus System
    In a statement, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has detailed the government’s latest measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, which will be rolled out from Wednesday 14 October. Here are some of the most significant …
  • Government Guidance: Staying alert and safe
    The most important thing we can continue to do is to stay alert, control the virus, and, in doing so, save lives. This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to …
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
    This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 …
  • Exemptions: When you do not need to wear a face covering
    In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less …
  • Reminder: When and where to wear a face covering
    25/09/2020 In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets): public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses) taxis and private hire …
  • New package to support and enforce self-isolation in lower earners
    From 28 September, people will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. To ensure that people on lower incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances, …
  • Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child
    Date: 23 September 2020 – A Government letter to parents and guardians Dear parents and guardians, This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give …
  • Childcare exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions
    Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary announced on 21 September 2020 Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in …
  • Government Announces New National Coronavirus Restrictions
    The Prime Minister has announced a further range of restrictions to everyday life in response to a rapid growth in the number of Coronavirus cases in the last month. Reasons For The New Restrictions A month ago, on average around …
  • Statistics: Disabled People Account For 59% of COVID-19 Deaths
    The Government has published an analysis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, in England and Wales during the period 2 March to 14 July 2020. It reveals just how vulnerable to to the virus people with …
  • Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme
    Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, the Government will be introducing a new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes …
  • Local Coronavirus Restrictions: All of Calderdale from 22 September
    These are the Government’s latest Local Restrictions, which will apply to all of Calderdale from 22 September 2020: Shielding If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we are not currently advising that you need to shield, …
  • Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Return To All Of Calderdale
    The Government has announced that local Coronavirus restrictions will be re-imposed throughout Calderdale, as from Tuesday 22 September. This means that wards in the Halifax constituency which were still subject to local …
  • Coronavirus Quick Guide: Staying Alert & Safe
    It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and …
  • Gov’t Advice: If You Have Symptoms & Live With A Vulnerable Person
    This is new guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and …