Coronavirus update - Friday 11 September
We have started publishing these updates fortnightly but as the government has issued important new guidance about social distancing, we thought it would make sense to feature an update this week.
Although Coronavirus cases are not at the peak they were in the spring, cases are starting to increase and further action is needed to suppress the virus.
From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six.
This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.
This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions.
COVID-19 secure venues – such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues – can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.
This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than six who will still be able to gather together.
Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.
There’s information on the Test and Trace service here.
As before, it’s still really important to remember the basic hygiene steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of the virus:
- HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE – Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
If you go abroad on holiday and need to quarantine when you get back when we are due to make a visit, please tell us by calling 0808 230 6500.
Our Repairs lines are open for routine repairs.
Our city centre shop, Plumer House and the Beacon remain closed until further notice.
We strongly advise people not to gather in groups anywhere on our sheltered housing schemes, and to follow the Government’s Rule of Six for any social gatherings anywhere.
Visitors should be attending for essential visits only and we are asking that all visitors – and our staff – wear face coverings.
We’re assessing our communal rooms so we know what work needs to be done to reopen them, and will take the new Government guidance into account. Please note that communal rooms remain closed at this time.