Government releases cautious COVID-19 recovery strategy with advice for social contact, families and the elderly
On 11 May the Government released new guidance on social distancing regulations and a roadmap for how the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Government also released an updated version of their coronavirus outbreak FAQs on what you can and cannot do at this time.
The new guidance sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus. Over the coming months, the Government will introduce a range of adjustments to current social distancing controls starting on Wednesday 13 May.
‘The three-step strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures,’ says Michelle Uppal, a family lawyer in the matrimonial team with Miles & Partners Solicitors. ‘Strict conditions need to be met before we can safely move from each step to the next, so it may be many months before we all start getting back to ‘normal’.’
The key points include:
The guidance states that, for the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible to help minimise the number of social contacts across the country and keep transmissions as low as possible.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will update should any more information be released.
Social and family contact
When the new guidance takes effect, people can spend an unlimited amount of time outdoors for exercise and can meet with one person from outside their household, as long as they comply with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away and maintain good hand hygiene.
People may also exercise outside as many times each day as they wish and drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, however the government have warned people not to travel to different parts of the UK due to differing guidance in Scotland and Wales.
In the future stages of the strategy, the regulations may be changed to “allow people to expand their household group to include one other household in the same exclusive group”.
Vulnerable and elderly persons
We understand many of our clients are concerned about their elderly relatives, friends or neighbors. The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
Clinically vulnerable people should also minimise contact with others outside their households, but do not need to be shielded.
Those in the clinically extremely vulnerable group are strongly advised to continue shielding, stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact until further notice.
These new measures and guidance will be kept under review as the coronavirus situation develops.
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