Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Following the government announcement of its 4-phase ‘roadmap’ to easing national lockdown guidelines in England, further details have been released on COVID-19 testing when schools and other educational and childcare settings reopen in March.
All primary and secondary school pupils will return to school from Monday 8 March with a number of guidelines that have been put in place.
- All primary school children will return on Monday 8 March with staff taking two rapid Covid-19 tests each week at home
- Secondary school and college students will take three Covid-19 tests as they return to the classroom from Monday 8 March at existing school testing facilities. Individual schools will provide parents with more information on this.
- Following this, students will be provided with two rapid tests a week to use at home
- Secondary school and college staff will be provided with two tests to use each week at home
- Childcare for primary and secondary pupils before and after school will resume from Monday 8 March so parents can access work, education or medical care.
- From Monday 22 March, staff at private, voluntary and independent nurseries will take Covid-19 tests twice weekly at home. Testing is already available for maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. Childminders can continue to access community testing.
Further guidance can be found at GOV.UK (external link).
The Government has announced its four-phase ‘roadmap’ to ease the national lockdown restrictions here in England, which could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by Monday 21 June.
The four conditional tests that must be met at each phase of lockdown easing are as follows:
- The vaccine programme continues to go to plan
- Evidence suggests vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
- New variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions
All schools will be able to open fully – with outdoor activities and after-school sports allowed – from Monday 8 March, when it will also be permissible for two people to sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic in an outdoor public space such as a park.
Secondary school pupils will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and shared spaces like corridors and hallways though to help limit the prospective spread of infection among our educational settings.
Three weeks later, from Monday 29 March onwards, organised adult and children’s sport (EG: grassroots football) will return, while outdoor sports facilities like basketball and tennis courts shall also re-open. It will be allowed for gatherings of either six people or two households to take place outdoors too.
Hairdressers, libraries and non-essential retail shops will be permitted to reopen as the second section of the roadmap comes into effect from Monday 12 April. Indoor settings like gyms and swimming pools, and outdoor places such as alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, theme parks and zoos, will also be allowed to reopen at this point along with self-catering/self-contained holiday accommodation and camp sites.
Funerals and weddings will continue with up to 30 people and 15 guests respectively.
However, no indoor mixing between different households will be allowed – the wider social contact/mixing rules will therefore continue to apply in all settings.
Should the data then allow, the ‘Rule of Six’ for outdoor settings would be abolished with the onset of the third tranche of the roadmap from Monday 17 May, with a limit of 30 people in its place.
Up to that number of people (30) would be able to attend funerals, receptions, wakes and weddings in this third stage.
The ‘Rule of Six’ would apply in hospitality settings like pubs and – although social distancing remains – cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events will reopen, with up to 10,000 spectators able to attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums. Two households would also be able to mix indoors in phase three.
All legal limits on social contact could then potentially, all being well, be removed with the arrival of the fourth and final stage from Monday 21 June.
This would see the last remaining closed venues like nightclubs reopen, with the Government also hopeful of abolishing restrictions on funerals and weddings at this point.
For further information, please visit the Government website (external link).
The Prime Minister has pledged that by 31 July, the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations should have been offered to every adult in the UK. The aim is to also offer the vaccine to those aged 50 and over, and individuals with underlying health conditions by 15 April.
As of 22 February, over 17.5 million people in the UK have been vaccinated, with the NHS currently working through the 5th priority group as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which are people aged 65 to 69, and those who are clinically vulnerable.
Everyone in the first four priority groups should have been offered their first dose already. These initial priority groups were:
- all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine but haven’t yet been invited by the NHS to take it, can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination (external link) or calling 119 for free.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme please visit GOV.UK (external link).
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