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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Government Advice

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Wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces such as shops, places of worship, museums, salons and cinemas in England is now compulsory. Anyone, who does not comply, faces a £100 fine.

One Metre Plus Precautions

Where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of “one metre plus" - this means staying one metre apart, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission. Precautions include:

  • Wearing a mask on public transport and in busy public places
  • Washing or sanitising hands frequently
  • Not standing or talking face-to-face with another person
  • Limiting the time inside shops and businesses
  • Using apps for shopping and ordering food, where possible

All indoor hospitality businesses are now table service only. Customers have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant. Businesses are expected to monitor crowd density in their premises, including busy areas such as doorways.

The following will remain closed until at least 15 August:

  • Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services such as beauty treatments, which involve the face including eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments
  • Indoor performances;  

The following will not take place until at least 15 August: 

  • Pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres;
  • Larger wedding receptions;

From September

  • Schools, nurseries and colleges will be open for all children and young people on a full-time basis, while universities are also working to re-open as fully as possible

From October 

  • The Government is expected to allow spectators to return to stadiums, while conferences and other business events can recommence, subject to the outcome of pilots.

Staying Safe Outside  

Safety Guidance (after 31 July) 

UK Recovery Plan (Revised 24 July 2020) 

The local Perspective 

Stopping the spread of coronavirus and protecting vulnerable people are at the heart of Middlesbrough's Covid-19 response plan, which has the full support of the PCC.

The Council has developed its Local Outbreak Control Plan as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme. The plan focusses on preventing local spikes. Stopping the spread of infection will save lives and help the town's economy recover.

Local Outbreak Control Plan

The Government has given English councils powers to close shops, cancel events and shut outdoor public spaces to manage local outbreaks of coronavirus to avoid the need for stricter local lockdown measures. 

Test and Trace 

The NHS Test and Trace service forms part of the Government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone with symptoms will be tested. Close contacts of anyone, who tests positive for coronavirus, will have to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.  

Those contacts will be traced and contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Close contacts must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid spreading the virus.

Test and Trace will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce its spread and save lives.  

Police and Local Authority Powers

On Friday 27 March police officers, were given new powers by parliament under The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England.) The latest amendment  came into force on 18 July 2020.

Changes give local authorities new powers to respond to a serious and imminent threat to public health and to prevent COVID-19 transmission in a local authority’s area. Regulations include powers for local authorities to:

  • Restrict access to, or close, individual premises;
  • Prohibit certain events (or types of event) from taking place;
  • Restrict access to, or close, public outdoor places (or types of outdoor public places)

How to protect yourself and others

Staying home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating)

Staying Alert and Safe (Social Distancing) 

For information what to do if you think you have Coronavirus go to the NHS website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

For advice and updates from the Government, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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