On 11 May 2020 the government announced changes to COVID-19 lockdown measures:
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
New guidance - see these links to the official government documentation:
- Staying safe outside your home - measures to take to ensure you stay as safe as possible when going out.
- FAQs-what you can and cannot do - read the most frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do now.
- How to make a facecover- how to make and wear a cloth face covering.
- Government website- for the latest COVID-19 advice in full.
What to do if you have symptoms – note the list of symptoms has been added to:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have at least one of these symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. See the full Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Click on: NHS website- COVID-19 symptoms for more details on how to check if you have Coronavirus symptoms.
If you or someone you live with has symptoms you can now ask for a test - see Asking for a test.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, unless:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Other Information and Resources to help you and others to say safe.
Colchester Borough Council has produced:
Both contain a raft of useful information including contact details and links for a variety of help organisations.
Essex County Council has set up a new service to help vulnerable people in our community who are staying at home and in need of support during the coronavirus period.
If you know of a member, indeed anyone you believe to be vulnerable, who seems to have slipped through the official support network net and have no family, friends or neighbours able to help them with food and essentials and is struggling, please put them in touch with the Essex Welfare Service Hub via essexwelfareservice.org and by calling 0300 303 9988, Monday to Friday between 8am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 10am to 2pm.
Beware of Coronavirus scams - see FRAUD ALERTS for details of email, phone and text scams plus doorstep callers using Coronavirus and other opportunities to gain access or trick vulnerable/elderly into parting with money.