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Important COVID-19 update: 9 October

Spelthorne placed in Medium tier list

Updated 9 October 2020

Spelthorne placed in Medium Tier

The new local COVID alert levels/tiers mean we all have to make a few changes to the way we do things! Spelthorne has been placed in the medium tier.

Find out more about the levels and what they mean where you live here: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/alert-levels-and-local-outbreak-plan

We are working hard to help staff and residents stay well during the outbreak of Coronavirus.

For the latest updates from Public Health England visit their website

For the latest updates from the NHS visit their website

For the latest information from Surrey County Council visit their website

For a weekly intelligence summary which provides information about COVID-19 cases in Surrey including data broken down by Borough and care homes and information on the R number, please visit;

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/testing/figures-and-statistics


Coronavirus tests

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and get tested now, so we can control the virus and protect each other.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Anyone who has symptoms can book a test by visiting Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS on 119 to get a test.


Support4Spelthorne

Do you need support? Contact our Support4Spelthorne team on;

Email covid19welfare@spelthorne.gov.uk


Medium Tier explained

What does medium alert mean?

Medium is the lowest tier for the virus and all England-wide restrictions continue to be in place. Should cases worsen, then areas can climb up the tiers which will increase restrictions.

In all areas of England, you should remember 'Hands. Face. Space':

  • hands - wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space - stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

The rule of six continues to apply in all medium tier areas.

Can I still go to school/university/church?

Schools, universities and places of worship are required to be COVID-secure, so will remain open. Social distancing and preventative guidelines should still be followed.

I'm a student, can I still see my family?

You can move home and travel to go to university but there are some stricter rules in place for areas in high alert level areas:

  • You must not move backward and forward between your permanent home and term time address during term time - subject to limited exemptions set out in law.
  • Students living at their university term time address in a high alert level area should follow the same guidance on meeting other people and travel as others in that area.

Can I go to work?

Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.

If you are required to travel into an area at a different local COVID alert level (for example to go to work or school), you should follow the guidance for whichever area has the higher alert level. For example, if you live in a medium alert area but work in a high alert area, follow the work advice for local COVID alert level: high. If you live in a high alert area but work in a medium alert area, continue to follow the advice for high alert areas.

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details.

Can I travel to a 'high' area for work/school/college/uni? 

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

If you are required to travel into an area at a different local COVID alert level (for example to go to work or school), you should follow the guidance for whichever area has the higher alert level. For example, if you live in a medium alert area but work in a high alert area, follow the work advice for local COVID alert level: high. If you live in a high alert area but work in a medium alert area, continue to follow the advice for high alert areas.

Will shops have to close?

As above, businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.

Can I still go to a restaurant/pub?

Pubs and restaurants will stay open, but you will have to continue following the rule of six.

This includes in:

  • pubs and restaurants
  • shops
  • leisure and entertainment venues
  • places of worship

At least one person in your group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS COVID-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.

If I am a mobile hairdresser, can I work in a house in a high Covid area? And/or can I still have a cleaner or handyman in my house? 

Yes, people are still allowed in other households for work. The guidance mentions an example of a tradesperson going into a household. For additional guidance on working safely please see the guidance on working in other people's homes and the full guidance on high alert restrictions.

Do I need to start shielding again?

If you have any of the following health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. If you are clinically vulnerable you:

  • can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
  • can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre plus other precautions
  • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • pregnant women

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus - that is, people with specific serious health conditions. At each local COVID alert level, there is additional advice that clinically extremely vulnerable people must follow

Can I still go to the gym/leisure centre?

These facilities will remain open in medium and high alert. Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Further sports guidance:

Can I still go on holiday for half term?

You can still travel within medium and high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

You can still go on holiday, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble. You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to higher local COVID alert levels. 

When travelling, it is important that you respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where their intended activities there would be prohibited by legislation passed by the relevant devolved administration.

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