NHS test and trace: how it works
The NHS test and trace service:
- ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
- helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus
This service has been introduced to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. It will allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.
Retail stores and shops set to reopen next month
Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month, if they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe.
Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets, are expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-timeline-for-retail-to-reopen-in-june
Social distancing guidance for young people
The Cabinet Office has recently published guidance for young people in England on social distancing, that explains the new measures that will help young people stay safe as rules on being outside, or at school or work, change.
The guidance covers visiting public places, meeting in groups, going to work, and going to other people’s houses. It also includes advice for young carers and information on how to access health and care services.
Active at Home booklet
This 'Active at Home' booklet has been produced to provide practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance.
It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future.