Coronavirus Update – Friday 18 March 2022
Please take a moment to read the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. We know the weather is beautiful outside, but cases are on the rise, and we all want to keep this a lockdown-free summer.
Covid-19 cases on the rise in Plymouth
You are no longer legally required to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus.
However, you are still expected to isolate and prevent the spread of what is still a serious condition for vulnerable people.
All of the rules and restrictions have been lifted but residents are urged to remain cautious nevertheless.
New cases of Covid-19 are on the rise, especially in Devon. We can all play our part to keep this under control and prevent future lockdowns by isolating and testing, if you have symptoms, or test positive.
The Government’s ‘living with coronavirus’ plan is about personal and collective responsibility as a means of stopping the spread, much as we already do with winter bugs like the flu.
Home testing kits
Free LFT test kits will come to an end on April 1, so it’s worth ordering them now.
Testing kits will still be available after this date. A small charge is expected to come into play, thought to be around £12 for a pack of four tests after April 1. This is yet to be confirmed and could be subject to change.
Whether you wear a face covering or not is now a personal choice. Public Health England still advise to wear one while indoors in crowded areas. Face masks are no longer required in schools.
When visiting your home, PCH staff will continue to ask if you would prefer a mask to be worn.
Travel is back to normal
If you have plans for a summer holiday, then it’s good news. . .
You will not need to take any Covid-19 tests or fill in a Passenger Locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad, regardless of how many vaccinations you have had.
Other countries may still have different entry requirements, so remember to check before traveling.
Different rules for sheltered housing
Some of our residents who live with support are especially vulnerable to coronavirus. This is why Public Health England have set different rules for residents in our sheltered housing schemes.
Mask wearing will continue for now, in communal areas.
If you’re a PCH resident who lives with support, please speak to your Housing with Support officer.
Vaccines can help reduce the severity of Covid-19 and are likely to prevent hospitalisation or serious illness from the virus. If you haven’t been vaccinated at all, you can still find your nearest pop-up vaccination clinic by clicking here.
In other news:
Energy bills are on the rise
You may have heard from your energy supplier(s) about increasing costs in the last few weeks. Gas and electricity bills are going up for everyone as of April.
It’s important not to fall behind on your energy bills and there are people you can speak to if you need help or advice.
Let your energy supplier know if you're struggling and they will try to work with you.
Alternatively, you can visit the Plymouth Energy Community website by clicking here. The charity offers advice and assistance with energy bills.
If you have a pre-paid meter, any electricity or gas you buy will be cheaper before April 1, when the changes kick-in. With that in mind, if you have any spare income, you will save money by topping up your energy supply before April 1.
If you're struggling to keep up with your rent or service charges, please call us on: 0800 028 0350
PCH pledge to fight antisocial behaviour
We have joined in partnership with a number of organisations as part of a fresh commitment to support victims of antisocial behaviour.
Through a new “community trigger” process, PCH hopes to ensure that victims of ASB are supported and listened to.
Read more about this by clicking here.