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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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North Lincolnshire has moved to step two of the roadmap out of national lockdown restrictions.  Read what the restrictions mean for residents of North Lincolnshire, changes to council services, information about support available for people self isolating and coronavirus testing and vaccinations.

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national restrictions from 12 April

Further detailed guidance is available on the Government website. A summary is also available in a variety of languages.

You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless they are part of your support bubble (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.

You can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible). This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that remain open.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to take additional precautions to protect yourself.

Further detailed government guidance is available on the Gov.uk website.

You may leave home, but stay local, to:

  • take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people
  • go to indoor leisure and sports facilities. These  are open for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • attend childcare and supervised activities. These will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • go shopping for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to take additional precautions to protect yourself.

Support available

Supporting your community

Coronavirus testing, vaccination and looking after yourself

Everyone is now eligible for free at-home lateral flow tests, which are vital for discovering Covid-positive cases in people who do not know they have the disease.

It is estimated that one in three people do not show coronavirus symptoms, so testing yourself twice-weekly will help stop the spread of the virus.

If your employer offers workplace testing, that is the best route for you to access rapid tests and you should continue to use that route. Please see information below – Lateral flow testing for businesses.

Two types of testing are available in North Lincolnshire:

COVID-19 Local Testing Sites are available to anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.

A range of other options are available for other groups of people without symptoms. Everyone is now eligible for free – at home lateral home tests which are vital for discovering Covid positive cases in people who do not know they have the disease. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people do not show coronavirus symptoms so being tested twice weekly will help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Workplace testing: Employers can offer testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
  • Community testing: We have two local community testing venues, one in Brigg and one in Scunthorpe, where key workers have been invited to go to and take a supervised test.
    • School pupil support bubbles can collect home testing kits via our Community Collect service from six of our community based venues – Baysgarth Community Hub, Ancholme Leisure Centre, The Pods Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre, Epworth Leisure Centre and Ashby Community Hub. Please check the current opening times at the venues before you travel.
    • From 26 April, anyone over the age of 16 can pick up a box of tests to use at home from the venues listed above.
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. In North Lincolnshire the NHS Test and Trace site is at Centenary Way, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AB. Find your local collection site.
  • Pharmacy collect: Thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. When launched, you will be able to go to a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.
  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.  School pupil support bubbles are encouraged to test themselves at home twice-weekly in order to identify Covid-19 cases quickly and break the chain of transmission. School pupil support bubbles can collect home testing kits from the NHS Test and Trace site at Centenary Way, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AB and are also able to collect home testing kits from our Community Collect service at the six venues listed above.
  • LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or telephone 119, and the tests will be delivered to your home.

 

National lateral flow testing scheme – testing in the workplace

Businesses can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test their employees twice a week in the workplace, if they cannot work from home. This scheme is available for limited companies and registered charities, with ten or more employees.

Businesses will need to know their companies house registration number before starting this process.

If businesses have 50 or more employees, they will be directed straight to the company house reference number page.

If businesses have less than 50 employees, they will be presented with two options: “Find a local testing site” or “I would still like to register for National Workplace Testing”, they will need to select the register for National Workplace Testing option, and then continue with the form.

The deadline to register for this scheme is 12 April 2021

To register for this scheme please visit Gov.uk

National lateral flow testing scheme – employee home testing

This scheme is due to launch in early April and will only be available to businesses with more than ten employees.

Businesses will be able to order rapid lateral flow tests for employees to test themselves, twice a week in their own homes. These tests will be sent to the workplace, for businesses to hand out.

Further information will be available in the coming weeks, so please keep checking Gov.uk or the Invest In North Lincolnshire website.

COVID-19 vaccination information

 

Coronavirus vaccine information in other languages?

Local GPs across the Humber, Coast and Vale areas have filmed an important message in multiple languages to encourage vaccine confidence and dispel vaccine myths and misinformation. The videos are available in several languages on YouTube and more languages will be added shortly.

North Lincolnshire Council’s point of contact is Nolan Bennett, who can be contacted at CV-19Vaccinations@northlincs.gov.uk

Further information about eligibility for the vaccination can be accessed in the following documents:

By following this guidance we can ensure that that the priority groups of people identified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) get the vaccine they need.

During challenging times, it’s really important we look after ourselves and those around us. This includes our physical health and just as importantly, our mental wellbeing.

There are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

The NHS provide talking therapies for people experiencing common mental health problems.

If you have experienced any of the following for more than two weeks, please make contact.

  • Depression • Anxiety • Phobia • Panic
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Contact

For a confidential consultation please:

Roadmap out of lockdown

From 8 March, restrictions will start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offers a route back to a more normal life. Below are the four steps indicating the roadmap out of lockdown.

Roadmap step one

Step one – 8 March

  • Schools and colleges will open for all students. Practical higher education courses
  • Recreation or exercise outdoors with your household or one other person. No mixing indoors
  • Wraparound childcare
  • Funerals, maximum of 30 people. Wakes and weddings, maximum 6 people

29 March

  • Rule of 6 or two households can meet outdoors. No household mixing indoors
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can reopen
  • Organised sport allowed for children and adults
  • Minimise travel, no holidays
  • Outdoor parent and child groups can open (maximum of 15 parents).

Roadmap step two

At least five weeks after step one, and no earlier than 12 April:

  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups
  • Rule of six or two households can meet outdoors. No household mixing indoors
  • Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Personal care premises
  • All retail
  • Outdoor hospitality
  • All children’s activities, indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents)
  • Domestic overnight stays (household only)
  • Self-contained accommodation (household only)
  • Funerals (maximum of 30) wakes, weddings and receptions (maximum of 15)
  • minimise travel. No international holidays
  • Event pilots will begin.

Roadmap step three

At least five weeks after step two, no earlier than 17 May

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • Outdoors groups of 30 maximum can meet. Rule of six indoors or two households (subject to review)
  • Domestic overnight stays
  • Organised indoor adult sport
  • Most significant life events can take place (maximum 30 people)
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances)
  • Remaining accommodation
  • Some large events (except of pilots) – capacity limits will apply. Indoor events – maximum 1,000 or 50 per cent capacity. Outdoor other events – 4,000 or 50 per cent. Outdoor seated events – 10,000 0r 25 per cent
  • International travel – subject to review

Roadmap step four

At least five weeks after step three, no earlier than 21 June.

By step four, the Government hopes to be able to introduce the following (subject to review):

  • No legal limits on social contact
  • Nightclubs
  • Larger events
  • No legal limit on all life events.

Local advice and guidance

  • Complete our downloadable Personal Covid-Secure Plan [PDF, 387Kb] – designed to help people put in place measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The government has published guidance for food businesses in relation to Covid-19. This includes information on:

  • maintaining social distancing
  • food hygiene
  • managing employee sickness

Additional guidance is also provided by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Contact details

If you have a query about council services during this time, please make use of online guidance first and if you don’t find the information or support you need, call our Contact Centre. Please only use our contact centre number if you really have to. This will help staff to prioritise supporting our most vulnerable residents and allocate your request.

Monday to Thursday – 8.30am to 5pm
Friday – 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday – 9am to 12pm

customerservice@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 297000