Update on local lockdowns

Posted on: 28th July 2020

As lockdown eases across the UK, areas where there are more COVID-19 cases in the population are being put in local lockdown.  Last week, following the announcement of a local lockdown in Leicester, we explained what this means for patients who are on the shielding list.   Since then, more towns have been put in lockdown.

Everyone on the shielded patients' list (SPL) living in Leicester, Luton and Blackburn should have received a text and will receive a letter in the coming days to inform them that advanced measures are being taken in their local area, what the instructions are for them, and where they can find additional information and support.

COVID-19 restrictions in the North-west
On 31st July, it was announced there would be some restrictions in the North-west of England. Please refer to the guidance on the Government’s website.

Aberdeen

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings between households and the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality will be introduced in the Aberdeen City local authority area.

Shielding is not being reinstated but people who had been shielding should consider the number of people they are in contact with, and strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. You may also want to think about the levels of risk associated with work and daily activities.

The recent outbreak has been linked to bars and pubs in the area. If you have recently been to any of the bars in Aberdeen listed here, you should only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Leicester

 The advice for the Leicester area differs by location.

Leicester City, Oadby and Wigston

Levels of Coronavirus in Leicester City, Oadby and Wigston continue to remain high. If you live in this area and are on the SPL, you should not follow the national pausing of shielding that will take place on 1 August. Instead, the advice is:

  • you are strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum
  • if you wish to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household or, if you live alone, you may choose to spend time outdoors with one person from another household (ideally the same person each time)
  • you should maintain social distancing and avoiding gatherings of any size
  • you are advised not to be part of a support bubble with another household.

As outlined above, everyone on the SPL living in the Leicester area will receive a text (today) and a letter. An updated letter from the government dated 27 July will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. You will receive a further letter before 17 August providing the evidence for your employer from this date if advice to shield remains in place.

Other areas including Blaby and Charnwood

The Government will relax shielding advice in the Blaby and Charnwood area in two stages on 3 August and 17 August. This is because the number of people with the virus in Blaby and Charnwood area has fallen. You are advised not to travel into Leicester City, Oadby and Wigston as you are more likely to come into contact with the virus in those areas.

This means, from 3 August:

    • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
    • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
    • If you are a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18), you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

From 17 August the advice to ‘shield’ in your area will be paused and you can now follow the national guidance.

As outlined above, everyone on the SPL living in the Leicester area will receive a text (today) and a letter. An updated letter from the government dated 27 July will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes.

Luton

If you live in the Luton area and you are on the SPL, you should not follow the national pausing of shielding that will take place on 1 August. Instead, the advice to you will be:

  • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
  • If you are a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18), you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

As outlined above, everyone on the SPL living in the Luton area will receive a text (tomorrow) and a letter. This letter (dated 28 July) will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. You will receive a further letter before 17 August providing the evidence for your employer from this date if advice to shield remains in place.

Blackburn with Darwen

If you live in the Blackburn with Darwen area and you are on the SPL, you should not follow the national pausing of shielding that will take place on 1 August. Instead, the advice to you will be:

  • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
  • If you are a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18), you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

As outlined above, everyone on the SPL living in the Blackburn with Darwen area will receive a text (tomorrow) and a letter. This letter (dated 28 July) will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. You will receive a further letter before 17 August providing the evidence for your employer from this date if advice to shield remains in place.

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