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New advice on what older family members should do if one of their household is isolating with Covid-19, has been released by the Government.
People aged over 70 or who have certain medical conditions have been advised to try and stay with friends and family elsewhere if possible.
Otherwise they must take extra precautions to reduce their risk of catching the virus from the infected person. The government is urging you to:
- minimise time spent in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas
- ensure rooms are well ventilated
- use separate towels from the other people in your house
- wipe surfaces thoroughly after they have been used
- eat in your own rooms
For more information and list of many of the conditions that put people into the vulnerable category check the website (external link).
From today people on low incomes that have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500.
However, to be eligible for the new scheme you must:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- Be employed or self-employed
- Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- Currently be receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
The payment is aimed at people on low incomes who will lose money because of self-isolating, and to encourage them to get tested if they have symptoms.
The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.
The eligibility for these payments will be available from today (28 September).
In line with national guidance, Haringey Council will have its scheme in place by October 12.
Someone told to self-isolate on or after 28 September (but before the scheme is operational) will be able to make a backdated claim for payment.
Local authorities will have limited discretion to make lump sum payments in exceptional circumstances.
If you think you are eligible and are unable to use the online form or need other help – or if you know someone who may be eligible but does not have online access - then you can call the Connected Communities helpline on 020 8489 4431, which is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
You can get further details of the national scheme from here (external link).
Anyone told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace must do so by law from today (September 28), or face a fine of up to £10,000, under new central government regulations.
Employers who refuse to let their workers self-isolate by threatening their jobs if they do so, have been told they will also be fined.
Under the new laws:
- If you or someone in your household has any coronavirus symptoms, or you receive a positive test result, you must isolate immediately for 14 days.
- You should only stop isolating if you receive a negative test result.
- If you are identified as a contact of a positive case, you must isolate for the full 14 days since your point of contact - regardless of whether you develop symptoms or not and even if for some reason you receive a negative test result.
- When self-isolating, do not go to work, school or any other public spaces. Any exercise should be taken within your home, and you should ask friends or family to buy food or other essentials.
People on low incomes who cannot work from home and will lose money as a result of self-isolating and on one of the qualifying benefits, will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
Our Haringey Together pages include a wide range of practical and mental health support for residents. You can check them out here.
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