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Covid-19 resources: Cabinet Office updates

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Page last updated 14 July 2021.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021

The government has published the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ document. This sets out the essential actions that everybody should take to protect themselves and others while prevalence is high, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19. The ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’ sets out the shape of step 4 of the roadmap. Published 5 July, updated, 12 July.

Previous posts:

  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do (Updated 1 May 2020)

Government guidance in respect of leaving the house and travel including updated advice for people with learning disabilities or autism.

  • Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

This guidance sets out the Government’s road-map for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis (published 11 May 2020).

  • PM announces further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July Press release – 23 June 2020.
  • Press release – Review of two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings (published 24 June)
  • Press release – Government response to article published in the FT on Wednesday 24 June on ventilators
  • Press release – Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

The Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from today (Friday 24 July).

  • Guidance – ‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges

Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.

  • Guidance – What has changed – 9 September

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.

  • Guidance – New National Restrictions from 5 November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.

  • Press release – Joint statement on UK-wide Christmas arrangements from the UK Government and Devolved Administrations

A joint statement on UK-wide Christmas arrangements from the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.

  • Press release – UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period.

Guidance for the Christmas period.

Meeting friends and family over the Christmas period – forming a Christmas Bubble.

What you can and can’t do during Lockdown 3.

Resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud and what to look for to protect against scams.

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

  • Press release – Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification

The Government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety.

Statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on vaccinations, variants of concern and the appointment of a new chief scientific adviser.

  • Press release – 9 in 10 pharmacies now offering free, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

Over 90% of community pharmacies in England now offering free, rapid tests for home use.

  • Press release – New global partnership launched to fight future pandemics

The Government will launch a new Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (PPP) to save lives from future diseases and prevent another global pandemic.

  • Speech – Preparing for future pandemics

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave the virtual opening speech for the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership Conference.

  • Press release – Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn

The Antivirals Taskforce will identify treatments for UK patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stop the infection spreading and speed up recovery time.

  • Speech – The vital role of medical examiners

Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Nadine Dorries spoke at the Royal College of Pathologists’ Medical Examiner Annual Conference.

  • Press release – UK secures extra 60 million Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines

The doses will be used alongside other vaccines to support preparations for a booster programme from the autumn.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 28 April 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Press release – UK to host global summit with CEPI to speed up new vaccine development

The UK will host a fund-raising summit in 2022 to support the work of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

  • Speech – The dedication of carers during the pandemic

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Hon Matt Hancock spoke at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) spring conference.

  • Press release – Care homes residents allowed more out-of-home visits

Residents will be able to leave care homes for low-risk visits without needing to self-isolate on their return.

  • Press release – Government to launch 40,000 person daily contact testing study

New study to offer daily rapid testing to contacts of positive COVID-19 cases.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers and service users

Sets out how eligible adult day care centres in England can order, test and register regular PCR and lateral flow tests for all staff and service users.

  • Guidance – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Sets out how care homes can support residents on visits outside of the care home.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices

Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices.

  • Guidance – Daily contact testing study

Information for employers of people taking part in the NHS Test and Trace daily contact testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) study.

  • Guidance – Independent health providers: accessing lateral flow tests

Independent health providers can access lateral flow testing kits directly from NHS Test and Trace replacing the ordering route provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.

  • Guidance – Quarantine arrangements for exempt nurses arriving from overseas

What NHS trusts must do to provide managed quarantine accommodation for nurses arriving in England to work for the NHS if they’ve passed through red-list countries.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants

How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in adult care homes

How to access test kits and step-by-step guides on how to use PCR and rapid lateral flow test kits for regular and outbreak testing of residents, staff and visiting professionals

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Guidance – Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person: privacy notice

Privacy notice for the service providing coronavirus support to clinically extremely vulnerable people.