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CSPA General Secretary summarises next tentative steps


I hope you are all well. Following Sunday’s announcement by the Prime Minister and further information released by the Government yesterday, I thought it might be useful to summarise the next tentative steps put forward to ease us out of lockdown. PLEASE NOTE THE STEPS REFER TO ENGLAND ONLY. Please continue to be cautious, and stay safe and well.

The Government will be considering the below as main factors when deciding what changes to make to coronavirus restrictions:


The effect on the nation’s health- including direct mortality and indirect harms ;
The effect on the economy- including the sustainability of public finances and the long-term economic future of the country;
The social effect on the way people live their lives – this includes the fairness of any actions the Government takes and the number of days of schooling children lose; Feasibility;

The Government says its approach is a phased recovery which focuses on replacing current restrictions with smarter controls in phase two and ensuring there is a reliable treatment in phase three. The document also contains detailed guidance on staying safe when outside your home. Key points from this include following the advice of your employer when at work; wearing a face covering; avoiding crowds; maintaining a 2m distance from those outside your household.

Please find a summary of key points below. The document can be read in full,here click on link: https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/zKJPCwr7ILVJXfVr1IQ

STEP ONE – WILL APPLY FROM 13 MAY

The clinically vulnerable

The most clinically vulnerable (described as clinically extremely vulnerable) will continue to need to be shielded for some time and so the Government will bring in measures to assist these people to continue shielding and to assist those providing the shield, such as care workers being prioritised for testing and PPE;
Those aged over 70, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women are described as clinically vulnerable people and should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their households, but do not need to be shielded.
Work

Many measures require the development of new safety guidelines to ensure work places can operate safely, these have been developed with the Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England and will be published next week – as soon as is practicable all workplace should follow the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines;
Workers should continue to work from home wherever possible
All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open such as food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics and scientific research;
It remains the case that anyone with symptoms no matter how mild should not go to work;

Travel

When travelling everybody (including critical workers) should continue to avoid public transport wherever possible;
Social distancing guidance on public transport must be followed rigorously. As with workplaces, transport operators should follow appropriate guidance to make their services COVID19 Secure; this will be published this week.

Face Coverings

The Government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops.

Public Spaces

People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish;
People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there;
Do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration.

STEP TWO – NO EARLIER THAN 1 JUNE

June in a phased approach. The Government will issue further guidance on which businesses will be covered in each phase and the timetables involved;
Cultural and sporting events can take place behind closed doors for broadcast;
Local public transport in urban areas will be re-opened, subject to strict measures to limit the risk of infection;
In the coming weeks, the Government will engage on the nature and timing of opening social and family contact measures. For instance the Government has asked SAGE to examine whether people can expand their household group to include on other household in the same exclusive group

STEP THREE – NO EARLIER THAN 4 JULY

Open some remaining businesses that have been required to close such as hairdressers, hospitality industry, places of worship, leisure facilities such as cinemas. These must all meet “COVID-19 Secure Guidelines”;

SUPPORTING PROGRAMMES

To support the strategy, the Government will deliver fourteen programmes of work, please see below for a summary of relevant programmes:

NHS and care capacity and operating model – to secure NHS and care capacity and increasing the provision of PPE by expanding supply from overseas, improving domestic manufacturing capability, expanding and improving the logistics network for PPE delivery;

Protecting care homes – providing widespread testing of all symptomatic care home residents will continue and by June 6 all residents and staff in care homes for over-65s will have been offered testing. Government guidance on cleaning practices will continue to be available and the NHS has committed to providing a named contact to help ‘train the trainers’ for every care home that wants it by 15 May. The social care workforce is being expanded, with the Government paying for rapid induction training and making DBS checks free for those working in social care. The Government is accelerating the introduction of enhanced health support in care homes from GPs and community health services, including making sure every care home has a named clinician to support the clinical needs of their residents by 15 May.

Regards

Lisa Ray
General Secretary