Coronavirus: Latest Information and Advice- 24.03.20


LATEST INFORMATION AND ADVICE- 24.03.20

From the evening of the 23rd of March, further measures have been introduced. 

You may now only leave your home for the following reasons: 

  1. Shopping for basic necessities, which should only happen once a day. 
  2. One form of exercise a day, like a run, walk or cycle, either alone or with members of your household. 
  3. Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  4. Travelling to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. 

You should not meet friends or family members other than for essentials, and should do this as little as you can. You should use food delivery services where you can. 

Social events must not take place, including weddings and christenings. Funerals may be take place, but even they are restricted to immediate family only. 

Gatherings of more than two people will no longer be allowed to happen. 

NEW NHS 24 ARRANGEMENTS

The Scottish Government and NHS 24 have introduced a new national service dedicated for patients who are experiencing severe symptoms of Covid-19 and require additional clinical support or advice. 

-If you have symptoms that are causing serious concern- please call the new NHS 24 dedicated national service on 111 for more clinical support or advice.

-If you have mild symptoms or require more information - please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or call the special helpline on 0800 028 2816.  You can also now access isolation/sick notes on the NHS Inform website.

-For all non Covid-19 healthcare, please continue to see your GP or call NHS 24 if it is out of hours.

Also, to help alleviate pressure and demand on GP practices, the Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Service has been extended to allow anyone registered with a GP practice, who has a minor illness or common condition, to speak to a member of the pharmacy team without the need to see their GP. 

 

ISOLATION NOTES FOR EMPLOYERS - DON'T CALL NHS24

If you have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer you can get an isolation note online. This service is only for people who:

• have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service

• have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus

• live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you have to stay at home because you are in a vulnerable group but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.

Please use this service to take pressure off NHS 24 (111).

You can also use this service for someone else. It is an NHS England site but it works in Scotland too.

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

BT Skills for Tomorrow has free resources and information www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow

 

NEW INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

All non-essential premises must now close.

Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with health guidance.  Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

•            Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants.

•            Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.

•            Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

Businesses and organisations have been advised to reduce employees at work, increasing the numbers working from home, maintain strict social distancing arrangements at work and, if that is not possible, to put operations into hibernation.

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day.  Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut.  The following businesses and premises must remain closed:

 

Food and drink

Close restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, public houses, bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels or members clubs.

Exceptions – can remain open: Food delivery and takeaway, cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.

 

Retail

Close hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours, massage parlours, auction houses, car showrooms and almost all retail except these below.

Exceptions – can remain open: Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, banks, outdoor and indoor markets market stalls which offer essential retail.

 

Hotels

Close hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use and caravan parks/sites for commercial uses.

Exceptions - can remain open: Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required. Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.

 

Non-residential institutions

Close libraries, community centres, youth centres and similar, places of worship for services and cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Exception – can remain open: Community centres may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. Funerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer. Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible. Live streaming of a theatre or musical performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.

 

Assembly and leisure

Close museums and galleries, bingo halls, casinos and betting shops, Spas, Skating rinks, fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres, arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar.

No exceptions.

 

Outdoor recreation

Close enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar.

No exceptions.

 

These measures will be enforced by prohibition notices and unlimited fines if necessary.  Please comply to protect the NHS and save lives.

The full detailed guidance is here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF.pdf


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