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The Isle of Wight Council continues to carefully monitor the situation regarding the virus, alongside partners in Public Health England and the NHS and will keep us updated with relevant information if specific needs arise in relation to Island residents.

What are the latest changes in England?

Boris Johnson said the new measures would probably stay in place for the next six months.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 22:00 BST
  • They will also be restricted to table service only
  • People should work from home wherever possible
  • Face masks compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers and waiters
  • Limit on guests at weddings reduced from 30 to 15
  • Plans to allow fans to return to sporting events paused
  • “Rule of six” now applies to indoor team sports
  • Fines for not wearing masks or following rules increased to £200 for first offence

If you are confused regarding what to do and not to do, please click on the link below:

gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

There are general principles your staff, volunteers and service users can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

Please see the following links to official sources of information which you can use to keep up to date. Please remember to recheck the advice periodically as we are all clearly dealing with a changing situation.

As a key source of information for the public use:

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

NHS Test and Trace:

We are asking people who have had a positive test for COVID-19 (or their parents or guardians), and those who may have had contact with people who have tested positive, to provide some vital information to help us understand and slow the spread of infection. This is called contact tracing and is a very effective method of protecting people and slowing the spread of infectious diseases like coronavirus.

For NHS Test and Trace Please Click Here

If you are asked to self-isolate:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

For frequently asked questions for the public use:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

For a useful overview of local and global situation, including updated daily case numbers see:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

For information about countries and areas affected and specific advice (including maps) see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

For guidance for organisations providing services in social and community care settings see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

For general guidance for employers and businesses on providing advice to staff see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Citizens Advice IOW:

COVID-19: Help For Families Citizens Advice IOW

COVID-19: Housing Advice Citizens Advice IOW

How To Contact Us During Coronavirus At Citizens Advice IOW

Before You Claim Universal Credit – Read This – Citzens Advice IOW

COVID-19: Benefits Advice – Citizens Advice IOW

Regular Updates from the BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cyz0z8w0ydwt/coronavirus-pandemic

Updated 23/09/2020