New restrictions from 23/3/20 re social distancing and self -isoloation
Strict rules have been placed on people's personal movement to limit the spread of coronavirus. Rules for those showing symptoms were already in place, as well as measures to protect the most vulnerable.
Under the restrictions, everybody must stay at home and only leave for these reasons:
- to exercise once a day - either alone, or with members of your household
- shopping for basic necessities, although this should be done as little as possible
- medical need, or to provide care for a vulnerable person
- travel to or from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary
If you have to go outside you must stay more than 2m (6ft) apart from others. This is what's known as social distancing.
Shops selling non-essential items are closed, along with cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other places where people meet in groups. Gatherings of more than two people not from the same household are banned.
The restrictions were introduced on 23 March, initially for three weeks. But England's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries says it could take six months to see "whether we can get back to normal" and "it is plausible that it could go further than that".
What are the rules on exercise? People are allowed to take one form of exercise a day. The rules say:
- Maintain a social distance of more than 2m (6ft) from other people wherever you go
- "Stay local" and use open spaces near home for exercise, where possible
- Rules on social distancing and gatherings rule out many team sports
- No mention is given to how long you can exercise for
But the Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has advised: "I would have thought for most people a walk of up to an hour, a run of 30 minutes or a cycle ride of between that, depending on their level of fitness, is appropriate."
It is important that we do what we can to slow the spread of the virus, to reduce the number of people that become infected and to prevent overloading our already stretched NHS. We also want to avoid this Surgery being forced to close due to a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus.
To help do this we need to reduce the number of people in and out of The Surgery. If you have any concerns or worries please contact the surgery by phone.
- Come into the surgery for any reason without phoning first.
- Bring people with you to the surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary.
We are just trying to give sensible advice to protect our patients and staff and cause minimum disruption to our normal services.
- Tell the receptionist, when you phone what symptoms you have.
- Order all repeat medications together.
- Make sure you have a working thermometer at home to check for a fever.
- Always carry tissues to catch coughs and sneezes.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water or sanitizer gel (preferably with more than 60% alcohol content).
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose if your hands are not clean.
- Check this website regularly for updates