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:

  • Local COVID alert level: very high – alternative format explainers
    Below are links to alternative format versions of the guidance on the restrictions in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is very high, as Calderdale will be from Monday 2 November. Documents Local …
  • Coronavirus: Government Advice For Clinically Vulnerable in Tier 3 Area
    As well as the general advice for people living in a Tier 3 area, the government have issued special advice for people who are clinically vulnerable to Coronavirus: Socialising inside and outside the home The rules at local COVID …
  • Coronavirus – Government Tier 3 Restrictions In Detail
    This guidance applies to Calderdale (and all of West Yorkshire) from Monday 2 November 2020. There is separate guidance for: households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection people who are clinically extremely …
  • Calderdale Moves To Tier 3 On Monday 2 November
    West Yorkshire will be moved into the highest tier of the coronavirus alert level – tier three – from 00:01, Monday, 2nd November. This means people living in Calderdale will not be allowed to meet socially with …
  • 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 …
  • Venues required by law to record contact details
    Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus, according to a press release …
  • New “Coronavirus Suppression” Measures To Start 14 September
    The government has announced new national measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down: From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. …
  • Reminder: Covid-19 Restrictions Still In Place in Halifax & Sowerby Bridge
    Although additional restrictions have been removed for much of Calderdale, the following areas of Halifax are still affected – Illingworth and Mixenden Northowram and shelf Ovenden Park Skircoat Sowerby Bridge Town Warley …
  • COVID-19: Government guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable
    This is just a reminder how you can find the government’s most up to date information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. This information is held on the …
  • Back To School: Guidance For Parents/carers
    This is the government’s latest guidance for parents and carers ahead of the Autumn Term in schools, colleges etc.  Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance Helping make nurseries, …
  • NHS Test and Trace: how it works
    This is the Government’s overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. It’s a little …
  • Government Advice: Schools & Coronavirus Index Of Guidance Documents
    Although this index of documents is aimed at school leaders, teachers and school staff, it’s also a useful resource if you have any questions about Coronavirus measures in education. Contents Guidance for other providers …
  • Government Advice: Face coverings in education/schools
    This is the latest advice from the UK Government on the use of face coverings in Schools. All pupils, in all year groups, will return to education full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. This guidance is intended to …
  • Access to Work – Helping Disabled People Into Work
    New help on offer from Access to Work The Government’s Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension to the scheme means that: …
  • Face Coverings Exemptions: Latest Advice From Gov’t
    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 …
  • Back To School: Advice For Parents/Carers
    Government Advice, Published August 2020: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance …
  • NHS Test and Trace: how it works
    An overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, published by the Government and including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Contents How …
  • Report: Coronavirus & the social impacts on disabled people
    This is the latest report from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) on the social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain, based on indicators from the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle …
  • Guide: What Is The National Institute for Health Protection?
    A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government. From 18 August 2020 it will bring together Public Health England (PHE) and NHS …
  • Gov’t Guidance: shielding people who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19
    Who this guidance is for? This Government 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 …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings, Exemptions, Where to Wear One
    This is the Government’s current advice on Face Coverings. Click on the links below for various documents covering this topic: Documents & downloads (to print) Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own …
  • Local Coronavirus Restrictions – Calderdale
    Here’s a reminder of the local restrictions currently in place across Calderdale, following the recent rise in Coronavirus cases in the area. Social contact If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent …
  • ‘Please give me space’: printable resources for social distancing
    Changes put in place to help maintain social distancing, like new queuing systems in shops, have made it harder for many disabled people to navigate previously familiar places. At the same time, we’ve heard about disabled or …
  • Gov’t Advice: How You Can Reduce Transmission of COVID-19
    We all have a role to play in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The actions below are recommended by the government and will reduce your chance of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others. You should think …
  • 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 …