If you're looking for the most up-to-date and current guidance, you can find all the relevant information here
Public Health England have also published guidance which provides a summary of actions you can take to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
The Government has introduced an alert service for WhatsApp users. To use the service, people are being encouraged to add 07860 064422 and message the word ‘hi’ within WhatsApp.
The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.
This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 Vaccine to people most at risk of Coronavirus. You can find out who is currently eligible for the vaccine by visiting the NHS website.
Please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
For more information specifically relating to Lincolnshire; including vaccination centres, visit the Lincolnshire CCG website.
If you can’t get to your vaccination yourself the safest and simplest way is to go with someone who is already in your support bubble. This avoids coming in to contact with anyone outside of your support bubble.
However where this is not an option:
Those who are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable can access: public transport, if available; CallConnect; a network of local voluntary car schemes; and private taxi services – always following all the guidance re face coverings etc.
Those that are clinically extremely vulnerable can access: CallConnect where available or private taxi firms which we know have robust cleaning mechanisms and safety practices in place.
While it’s not a booking service, the transport helpline on 0345 4564474 can identify and advise on best options.
For more information on safe ways to travel in Lincolnshire visit the LincsBus website.
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested is available on the gov.uk website.
Community 'Rapid' testing is now available in to Boston and Lincoln. For more information visit the Lincolnshire County Council Website.
Self-isolation support payments
District Councils across Lincolnshire are delivering a nation-wide scheme to support people on low incomes who have to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus and cannot work from home.
The scheme, offering £500 support payments to help workers on low income, will begin on 28 September 2020 and will run until June 2021.
For further information please see Lincolnshire County Council website.
NHS Covid-19 app
The free NHS Covid-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.
See further information on how to download the app here.
Test and trace
NHS test and trace has launched to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. If you are contacted by a tracer, you should self-isolate for 14 days. Please be wary of scammers. Remember that a contact tracer will never ask for your bank or card details, for money, or for you to call a premium rate number, starting with 09 or 087. They would also never ask you to download anything or send someone to your home. For more details, please see the NHS test and trace page.
The Government has recently updated their guidance for volunteers on how to help safely. The guidance now contains the most up-to-date information for volunteers to follow. They have also published updated guidance about how to volunteer, which contains further guidance about how to volunteer and who can volunteer (and from where). It also now contains information about how to volunteer through local authorities.
Face Coverings Update
The government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces.
The exemptions include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism
The public are asked to be mindful of people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. The list of exemptions, which has been in place since face coverings became mandatory on public transport, includes hidden conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders, autism, breathing difficulties, dementia, reduced vision or if you are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
The latest government guidance on when to wear a face covering and how to make one is now available.
The government has published guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions. From 1 September new advice will apply to the use of face coverings by staff and pupils in some schools, and to learners in further education. This guidance is for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years seven and above in England. Parents and carers should check with their children's schools for individual advice.
If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:
- should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others
- should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home/or workspace.
It is advised if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments. There is specific guidance on if you are in employment or education, how to get shopping, how to access help and support. You can find further guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.