Change in restrictions from 1/06/2020 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 - 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.
People from two different households in the same local area can meet up outdoors, provided they continue to maintain social distancing and strict hand hygiene.
As a general rule, people should not travel more than five miles from home. This will help to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading as people begin to travel more.
“Revised lockdown arrangements also apply to people in Wales who have been told to ‘shield’ from the virus. From 1/6/2020 they are able to go outside and meet people from another household, provided they keep a two-metre distance.
Shops selling non-essential items are closed, along with cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other places where people meet in groups.
What are the rules on exercise? The rules say:
- Maintain a social distance of more than 2m (6ft) from other people wherever you go
- To reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus exercise must also be done within an area local to home. Exercise should not, therefore, involve going a significant distance from home and Welsh Government advice is that exercise should start and finish from home.
- Rules on social distancing and gatherings rule out many team sports
- Combining more than one outdoor activity that is reasonable, especially if this reduces the time spent away from home, is also encouraged. This may for example involve combining exercise with walking a dog or going to a shop to buy food.
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.
- Wear a cloth mask if attending the surgery for any reason
- 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
Vitamin D supplements
Healthy vitamin D levels are good for immunity and vitamin D supplements may protect against respiratory infections in general.
The risk of vitamin D deficiency is higher among certain groups, such as pregnant women, infants and young children and people who have darker skin, because their bodies are not able to make as much vitamin D.
The Welsh Government strongly recommend that people in the following groups take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Healthy Start vitamins, which contain vitamin D, are available free to all pregnant women in Wales. Ask your midwife or health visitor for further information.
- Infants and young children under five.
- Breastfed babies from birth to one years old should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D.
- Children aged one to four years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.
- Formula-fed babies should only be given a vitamin D supplement if they are having less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as infant formula is fortified with vitamin D.
- People who have darker skin, particularly people of African, South Asian or African-Caribbean origin.
- Older people aged 65 and over.
- People who are indoors all of the time and women who cover their skin when outside.
You can buy vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for children under five) at most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Taking too much vitamin D can be harmful – please don’t buy or use more than you need.