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UK Nations' and the Republic of Ireland's Guidance on Lockdown Restrictions as of 1st June 2020

UK Nations' and the Republic of Ireland's Guidance on Lockdown Restrictions as of 1st June 2020

SecuriGroup's footprint covers all of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. Some government restrictions and guidelines remain alike such as:

2m Social Distancing Practices

Effective Personal Hygiene Measures

However, there are some marked differences, notably as each nation starts to ease restrictions independently. 

Given the current restrictions, the vast majority of us need only to know the restrictions that apply to our respective areas. It is important we understand them and play our part for society in following them.


ENGLAND

Gov. Message

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives


Isolation and Social Distancing

You should continue to stay alert and limit contact with others. Staying at home is the easiest way to do this.

From Monday 1 June, you may spend time outdoors and meet in groups of up to six from different households. You should stay alert and always practise social distancing with people from outside of your household, keeping 2 metres apart.

The more people you have interactions with, the more chance the virus has to spread. Therefore, try to limit the number of people you see.

You may exercise as frequently as necessary, and play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain social distancing measures.


Travel

Where possible, stay local. You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance, as long as you can return the same night, and do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away. You should continue to avoid using public transport and should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible. You are not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose. This includes visiting second homes.

You should not travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing - for example by cycling.

If visiting other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – you must adhere to the regional laws and guidance.


Testing

The following groups of people can ask for a test through the NHS website:

anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age

The following groups of people can access priority testing through GOV.UK:

  • essential workers
  • anyone over 5 years old who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with an essential worker
  • children under 5 years old who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker (this test must be performed by a parent or guardian)


Use of Face Coverings

Face coverings are not compulsory. However, if you can, people are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible or where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used as part of personal protective equipment by healthcare and other workers; these should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace such as health and care workers.


Child Care and Education

The government expects children to be able to return to early years settings, and for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to be back in school in smaller class sizes from 1st June. Vulnerable children and the children of critical workers are also eligible to attend, and are encouraged to do so where appropriate.


For Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 


NORTHERN IRELAND 

Gov. Message

Stay Home, Keep Distance, Wash Hands


Isolation and Social Distancing

You can meet up to six people outdoors as long as you maintain social distancing by being at least 2 metres apart and maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene practices. There are no restrictions on how long you are allowed to meet with others, however people are encouraged to return home as soon as reasonably practicable.

You may take part in certain outdoor activities, such as tennis, golf and angling. In addition, you may attend place of worship for individual prayer, drive-in cinemas and church services.

There are no restrictions on the number of times you can leave the place you are living. However, the amount of time spent outside of your household should be limited to minimise your exposure to the virus and the potential to spread the infection.


Travel

You must have a 'reasonable excuse' to make a journey. There is no limit on how far you can travel for a walk or exercise. However, people are urged to be responsible and avoid travelling to places where there may be lots of people and where it will be difficult to maintain social distancing.

If you must travel you should walk or cycle wherever possible. If using public transport you should consider wearing a face covering, and maintain 2 metres social distance.


Testing

Everyone over 5 years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing. You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.

Testing is prioritised for essential workers who are self-isolating because they are symptomatic, or have household members who are symptomatic, to help enable essential workers to return to work as soon as safely.

PHA contact tracers will telephone those who test positive for COVID-19 to help prevent the further spread of infection


Use of Face Coverings

The use of face coverings is not mandatory.

It is recommended that you should think about using face coverings in particular circumstances - short periods in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible. These circumstances will largely mean on public transport and in shops.


Childcare and Education

A small number of schools will remain open for the educational supervision of vulnerable children and those of key workers up to Year 10 where alternative arrangements cannot be secured.

A list of schools that remain open to support critical workers families can be found here:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/schools-open-supervised-learning-key-workers-children-and-vulnerable-children


For further information on the Northern Irish Government guidelines:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Gov. Message

Stay Home, Save Lives


Isolation and Social Distancing

You should still stay at home as much as you possibly can. Up to 4 people who do not live together can meet outdoors while keeping at least 2 metres apart.

Attendance at funerals is kept to a maximum of 10 people - and only members of the household, close family or close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.

Outdoor spaces and tourism sites (for example: car parks, beaches, mountain walks) are open where people can move around freely and where social distancing can be maintained.

You can exercise - either on your own or in a group of no more than 4 people - where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact with other people, within 5 kilometres of the households of those involved.

A phased return of outdoor workers (for example: construction workers, gardeners, including people working on allotments) has commenced. Social distancing requirements continue to apply.

You are advised to limit the number of people you meet with outdoors. The more contact you have - the greater you risk getting and spreading the virus.


Travel

A 5km limit applies to outdoor exercises, social visits and visits to public amenities.

Avoid the use of public transport where possible. If public transport is required, plan your journey beforehand and pay for your journey tickets online. Social distancing measures should be maintained across all public transport.

Travel to Ireland's offshore islands is limited to residents of those islands.


Testing

Contact tracing has been implemented across the Republic of Ireland. A call from Contact Tracing may appear as a private number; a voice message will be left should you be unavailable to speak.


Use of Face Coverings

Wearing a cloth face covering is recommended in situations where it is difficult to practice social distancing, for example, in shops or on busy public transport. Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.

If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13.

Medical masks (surgical and respirator) are for healthcare workers. Some workers in specific jobs also use them. They are vital supplies and are not intended for use by the public in the community.


Childcare and Education

School and college buildings are open for access by teachers for organisation and distribution of remote learning.


For further information on the Irish Government's guidance:

​https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/


SCOTLAND 

Gov. Message

Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives


Isolation and Social Distancing

You should stay at home as much as possible and avoid crowded places where physical distancing may be difficult. You should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example:

  • Shopping for necessities
  • Exercise and other outdoor activity
  • The use of outdoor spaces for recreational purposes
  • To Ensure basic animal welfare
  • Any medical need
  • Travelling for work purposes
  • Access waste disposal services.

When doing these activities, you should ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

You can take part in outdoor recreation alone or with members of your household and/or members of 1 other household at a time (no more than 8 people in total at a time), providing that physical distancing of at least 2 metres is maintained between the different households at all times.

Meeting outdoors with members of more than 1 other household at a time is not permitted.


Travel

You should stay within your local area when you go outside for exercise or other activities. As a guide, rather than a fixed limit, 5 miles from your home would be within your local area.

If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to travel beyond your local area to maintain your health, then you can do so.

Non-essential travel to and from the islands continues to be discouraged to prevent spreading the virus to more remote communities, and ferry capacity will remain restricted.

Avoid the use of public transport where possible. If public transport is required, plan your journey beforehand and pay for your journey tickets online. Social distancing measures should be maintained across all public transport.

You are not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose. This includes visiting second homes.

If visiting other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – you must adhere to the regional laws and guidance.


Testing

Anyone in Scotland aged 5 or over who is self-isolating because they are showing symptoms can be tested.

A level of priority for testing appointments will be maintained for key workers and their household members to support them returning to work where it is safe to do so.

For further information on Scotland's Priority Groups:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/who-can-be-tested/


Use of Face Coverings

The wearing of facial coverings must not be used as an alternative to any more effective hygiene practices.

Face coverings are not compulsory. However, if you can, people are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible or where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet.


Child Care and Education

Pupils are to return to Scottish schools from the 11th August, with the implementation of a 'Blended' approach, utilising both in school and at home learning.

For further guidance on childcare and education from the Scottish Government:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-re-opening-schools-guide/


For further information and guidance from the Scottish Government:

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/


WALES

Gov. Message

Stay at Home


Isolation and Social Distancing

You should stay at home as much as possible and you should only be outside of your home for very limited reasons, for example:

  • Shopping for necessities
  • Exercise and other outdoor activity
  • To attend a funeral if invited
  • To ensure basic animal welfare
  • Any medical need
  • Travelling for work purposes
  • Accessing waste disposal services.

You should try to minimise time spent outside of the home and ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. You should not meet others from out with your household. Gatherings of more than 2 people are prohibited

Critical workers and parents of vulnerable children may leave the house to take children to and from school or their childcare provider.


Travel

You may travel to conduct exercise however this must be done locally, No journeys of any significant distance should be taken. You should not travel with someone from outside your household.

Avoid the use of public transport where possible. If public transport is required, plan your journey before hand and pay for your journey tickets online. Social distancing measure should be maintained across all public transport.

You are not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose. This includes visiting second homes.

You should not travel if you are experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms.


Testing

You can apply for a test for yourself or someone in your household with symptoms. This includes adults and children, and following the recent announcement, now also includes the under 5s. Tests will be prioritised for critical workers.

Test, Trace and Protect has been implemented across Wales. Contact tracing starts with self-reporting of symptoms, followed by testing suspected cases, tracing the contacts of those potentially infected and then protecting our families, friends and communities through self-isolation.

For more information surrounding Test Track and Trace:

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-html


Use of Face Coverings

Wearing face coverings whenever you leave home is a matter of personal choice.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used as part of personal protective equipment by healthcare and other workers; these should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace such as health and care workers.

If you are travelling on public transport, you may not be able to maintain the 2 metre social distancing for the whole journey. In these circumstances, a face covering might be useful to protect those around you.


For further information and guidance from the Welsh Government:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus


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