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COVID-19

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New Restrictions:

Following the announcement that a new, more contagious, variant of COVID-19, the Omicron Variant, has been discovered in the UK, the government has announced additional restrictions to protect public health this winter.

Face coverings are now mandatory in most public indoor areas, excluding pubs and restaurants, gyms and nightclubs. Some exemptions apply. For further information, please refer to the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Anyone who enters the country must take a PCR test on the second day after their arrival, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

All contacts of those who test positive for Coronavirus should take daily lateral flow tests, unless they are unvaccinated, in which case they must self-isolate for ten days.

Use of the NHS Covid Pass is now mandatory in some settings.

Full details of what is allowed can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

The rules on what is allowed and what is prohibited may change, so please consult the government website for the latest advice.

Guidance:

The government is still urging people to act with caution and follow certain guidance. This guidance includes:

Wearing a face covering in crowded areas

Being outside or increasing ventilation of fresh air where possible

Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts

Encouraging businesses to use the NHS COVID Pass in high-risk settings

While the UK’s successful vaccination campaign has broken the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths, prevalence of COVID-19 is high and rising. Therefore, I do urge everyone to act responsibly and to follow the guidance.

Self-Isolation:

You must self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus, if you test positive, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell) you should self-isolate for ten days. Other members of your household should also self-isolate for ten days, unless they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18. You can find full details on the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

If you are struggling with getting basic necessities because you are self-isolating or shielding, you can contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s helpline:

Email Address: covid@eastriding.gov.uk

Phone number: 01482 393919

NHS Covid Pass

Use of the NHS Covid Pass (sometimes known as a Covid Passport) is now mandatory in some settings, including nightclubs and at large events. For further information, please consult the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/

Quarantine when entering the UK:

In response to the Omicron variant, it is now mandatory for all travellers entering the UK to take a PCR test on the second day after their arrival, and self-isolate until they have received a negative result. Certain exemptions apply, and full rules can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

As cases continue to rise, I encourage everyone to reflect that what is permitted is not always wise, and to continue to exercise caution in the weeks and months ahead.