COVID-19 is the disease caused by the Coronavirus. It is highly infectious, and is not just ‘flu’. People of all ages have died from it, and those that survive are taking a long time to recover. Some of us may not have any symptoms at all, but we can still pass it on to others. New ‘variants’ of the virus are emerging, and it looks like they are even more dangerous.
Read the latest on information on social distancing and meeting up with other people (issued in May 2021): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-friends-and-family-covid-19
Read the latest guidance on shielding (issued in May 2021): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a ‘Roadmap’ out of lockdown. Life begins to open up more fully, in stages, from 12 April.
Details on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021
Details on how care home residents can visit outside of care homes can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/arrangements-for-visiting-out-of-the-care-home/visits-out-of-care-homes
and details of how to undertake care home visits can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus
Advice on testing for Coronavirus for PAs can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-personal-assistants#webinars
Special Needs Jungle has produced a grab and go version of the back to school guidance for families with children in SEND settings.
The latest stage of the ‘roadmap’ was released on 10 May. Changes become effective on 17 May. You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-easing-of-covid-restrictions-confirmed-for-17-may
Vaccinations are helping but you will still need to keep safe and follow the guidelines.
You may be able to recieve a test and trace payment if you connot work from home but need to isolate. Apply here
The most up to date care home visitation guidance is here. [12th Jan 2021]
Specific Coronavirus guidance for Disabled people