Cumbria Outbreak Control Guidance

Cumbria County Council has shared updated guidance around lockdown restrictions and advice the communities in line with the latest Government updates. We have compiled some of the key points below to help support the third sector navigate this changing landscape. For full details visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/

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Update to current guidelines (updated 31/07/2020)

  • If you test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms you must self-isolate for at least 10 dyays instead of 7.
  • If you’re told you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you must isolate for 14 days to protect others.

Face coverings:

  • Rules for face coverings will become enforced by law from 8 August
  • If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible and where you are more likely to come into contact with people you would not normally meet. Your face covering protects me, and mine protects you.
  • Please be mindful and respectful that some people are not able to wear face coverings (children under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems are exempt).
  • You must wear a face covering at all times in shops, supermarkets, takeaways, on public transport or when attending a hospital or GP surgery as a visitor or outpatient.
  • (From 24 July) It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets and takeaways, as well as on public transport and in stations.

Shielding Population

Support from the county council’s helpline is still available. If you have any question call our COVID-19 Contact Centre on 0800 783 1968.

From 1 August the government will be advising that shielding will be paused. From this date, the government is advising you to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means you may wish to go out to more places and see more people but you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.

In practice this means that from 1 August:

  • you can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safe
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers. Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing
  • you should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing
  • If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household.
  • If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.

Employed

  • If you show any symptoms ( cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell), do not go into a place of work, stay at home – Get tested immediately – Isolate until negative.
  • Where it is decided that workers should come into their place of work then this will need to be reflected in the risk assessment and actions taken to manage the risks of transmission in line with government guidance.
  • Stop the spread of coronavirus by staying apart, keep your hands clean and catch it, bin it, kill it.
  • People who can work from home should continue to do so.
  • If you cannot stay 2 metres apart, take additional safety precautions, such as wearing a face covering.

Business

Support to keep your employees and workplace safe is available from the GOV.UK Business Support hub at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support?utm_campaign=business_support_covid_2020.

The government has issued guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.

Businesses planning to reopen should consult all of the guidance documents that apply to their business, including the five-point plan which ensures workers’ health and safety is put first. Go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Make sure everyone is working safely on outdoor sites.

Actions include:

  • keeping workers in fixed teams
  • staying a safe distance apart
  • limiting face to face contact

5 steps to working safely:

  1. Do a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Follow cleaning and hygiene rules
  3. Help people work from home
  4. Stay 2m apart where possible
  5. If 2m not possible, take steps to manage risk

Do you work in other people’s homes? Remember:

  • do not work in a home that is isolating – apart from in emergencies
  • do not work if you or anyone in your home has symptoms

Milestone dates

July

  • 24 July – Face coverings will be required in shops, supermarkets and takeaways – in addition to public transport where they are already required. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet.
  • 25 July – Reopening of indoor gyms, pools and other sports facilities.

August

  • 1 August – The government will update the advice on going to work. The government will give employers more discretion, and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.
  • 1 August – Shielding and the clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer need to follow advice on shielding, though should still take particular care to follow the social distancing guidelines when meeting people.

The Government has updated that reopening the follow venues will be postponed until 15 August:

  • 15 August – The government will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos.
  • 15 August – Indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, can restart and the government will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia, with a view to wider reopening in the Autumn.
  • 15 August – Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will also be allowed.

September/October/November

  • September – The government are suggesting schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis. Universities are working to reopen as fully as possible.
  • October – The government intends to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence in covid-secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots.
  • November – The government’s ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on a number of factors, including consideration of the specific challenges as we move into winter.