The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible
Impact on Service Provision
For an initial 3 week period (effective 23rd March), employees delivering 2:1 support will not be permitted to assist people that access our services in activities that contravene government advice, this means activities outside of the home can no longer take place without breaching new guidance.
We will consult with our users and their families if we think this applies to them to assess if external support for the purpose of exercise (once per day) can be achieved on a 1:1 basis.
We will continue to support the people that use our services on a 1:1 basis externally, solely for the purpose of purchasing essential provisions.
There is not currently specific advice in respect of 3 individuals travelling within a vehicle for the purpose of an activity, as a car is a controlled environment, until instructed otherwise, we will permit car journeys, however service users and staff exceeding the 2 person limit will not be able to exit the vehicle for the purpose of shopping or exercise. – Our advice is to support service users to remain at home as far as is reasonably practicable.