New government rules say that from Monday 14th September you must not meet with people from other households socially, in groups of more than six.
This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes and gardens. Fines for breaching the rules will be £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
This will not affect workplaces or meetings, childcare, or education. Organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. This will also not impact existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents. There will be a limited number of exemptions, which can be found on the gov.uk website.
COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.
Please remember when meeting in groups of six to still maintain social distancing, don’t hug anyone outside your immediate household or support bubble, wash your hands often, limit how many people you see over a short period of time and if meeting indoors try to keep them ventilated by opening doors and windows.
WHEN SHOULD I GET A COVID TEST?
Please only get a test if you have symptoms, help us keep tests for people who really need them. You do not need to get a test if you have been a close contact of someone with the virus, unless you start to develop symptoms. Symptoms include:
- high temperature
- new, continuous cough
- loss or change to sense of smell or taste
If you feel unwell you can call 111 or use the online symptom checker
More information is available on www.cornwall.gov.uk
Coronavirus: What is a support bubble and who can have one?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53004674 11 Jun 2020 Last updated at 08:13
What is a support bubble?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that from Saturday, people in England who live alone or single parents who live with children under 18, will now be allowed to form a support bubble.
That means they will be allowed to go and visit one other household, indoors and even stay the night if they would like to.
The government says the rule is to help combat loneliness for those people who have lived alone during the three months of lockdown.
The rule does not apply to those who are shielding, or to people living in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland as those nations decide their own rules.
Mr Johnson said: "All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household, meaning they can spend time together inside each others' homes and do not need to stay two metres apart."
Who does the rule apply to?
People are allowed to have a support bubble if:
- They live alone
- They are a single parent of children under 18
The rule means that, for example, single grandparents, who live alone and are not shielding, are now able to visit and stay at another house.
They will be allowed to hug the people in their bubble, eat dinner indoors with them and even stay overnight!
Or, if you live with just one parent in your household, you will now be allowed to stay with another family member or have them stay at your home.
The PM said that "support bubbles must be exclusive, meaning you can't switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households".
He also added that should anyone in the support bubble show symptoms of coronavirus, everyone within that circle must self-isolate for 14 days.
Social Distancing & Self Isolation
Even though Social Distancing has been relaxed to 1m plus (this means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission) you should continue, where possible to:
- Keep your distance from people outside your household
- Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household
- Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
- Avoid crowds
- If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
- Wash your clothes regularly
- Keep indoor places well ventilated
- Face coverings
- When at work, follow the advice given to you by your employer
We know our parish has plenty of open space but we ask that you act responsibly when in it. Do not congregate in large groups.
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