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Updated: 20 May 2020

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Future Phases of Strategy  -  Explaining the Current Phase  -  Current Regulations  -  Ongoing Updates/Information

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy:

On the 10th of May, the Prime Minister announced the recovery strategy for the United Kingdom. Some may be concerned or confused with recent announcements regarding the Government's strategy. My team and I have provided relevant and condensed information detailing the current guidelines, linked below.

 

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. The spread of the virus has been particularly and surprisingly rapid. In the UK at its maximum, the number of patients in intensive care was estimated to be doubling every 3-4 days. This type of exponential growth would have overwhelmed the NHS. Thanks to the careful and considered compliance of the vast majority of the British public to the guidelines, this peak has not happened.

Tragically the number of excess deaths so far this year is 35-40,000 higher than the average for 2015 to 2019. Particular concerns are for care homes and for the higher proportion of COVID-19 fatalities from minority ethnic backgrounds - and for males too. 

We should all continue to act on advice on how to go about our daily lives safely. The health of our families, our communities and ourselves depends on that. This global crisis requires local communities to pull together. Worthing and Arun have a legacy of strength in support and care - have confidence as we face challenges together. 

My team and I are responding to the worries of constituents including British Airways and Virgin employees, the self-employed and those on zero-hour contracts. Workers in sectors most affected are often financially and socially vulnerable. My team and I are work flat-out to support people facing difficulty. No one should face problems alone.

Constituents should get in contact immediately if they face issues pertinent to Coronavirus (COVID19) and the Government's response. This may include travel emergencies, business concerns or health matters. Important updates, guidance and news is shared below. We are receiving a significantly increased volume of correspondence from constituents in real need of assistance so please do check if your concern is touched upon there before getting in contact. Contact details are here.

Further explaining the current phase: 

Phase Two: Our roadmap to lift restrictions step-by- step

We are currently transitioning into Phase Two. There are three clear steps constituting Phase Two of the Government's Recovery Strategy. Each step may involve adding new adjustments to the existing restrictions or taking some adjustments further as shown below in the Government's roadmap. My team and I will keep this page updated at each step with relevant information and guidance.

 

We should not expect dramatic changes, rather, a slow transition as precautions prove successful and safer standards reached. For example, while reopening outdoor spaces and activities (subject to continued social distancing) comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower, it is likely that reopening indoor public spaces and leisure facilities (such as gyms and cinemas), premises whose core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs), venues that attract large crowds (like sports stadia), and personal care establishments where close contact is inherent (like beauty salons) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.

Initially, the gap between steps will need to be several weeks, to allow sufficient time for monitoring. However, as the national monitoring systems become more precise and larger-scale, enabling a quicker assessment of the changes, this response time may reduce.

The situation is dynamic and dependent on our understanding and adherence to government guidelines.​ We share in responsibility for the health of those we love and care for.

 

As the UK exits phase one of the Government’s response, where the Government has sought to contain, delay, research and mitigate, it will move through two further phases:

  • Phase Two: Smarter Controls

    • Over the coming months, the Government will introduce a range of adjustments to current social distancing controls. Over time, social contact will be made less infectious by:

      • making such contact safer (including by redesigning public and workspaces, and those with symptoms self-isolating) to reduce the chance of infection per contact;

      • reducing infected people's social contact by using testing, tracing and monitoring of the infection to better focus restrictions according to risk; and

      • stopping hotspots developing by detecting infection outbreaks at a more localised level and rapidly intervening with targeted measures.

  • Phase Three: Reliable Treatment

    • ​As quickly as possible, the Government must move to a more sustainable solution, where the continued restrictions described above can be lifted altogether. To enable this, the Government must develop, trial, manufacture and distribute reliable treatments or vaccines as swiftly as possible.

 



 

Employment

  • People should continue to work from home (WFH)

  • If WFH is impossible and an individual's workplace is open, only then should they speak to their employer about the possibility of returning to the workplace with strict precautions and social distancing measures maintained

Schools and Childcare

  • Schools remain open only for vulnerable children and those of critical workers

  • Primary Schools will begin a phased re-opening during the next step, begining with the youngest and those about to move to Secondary School, but not yet, not until it is safe to do so at the next step

  • Paid childcare (for example nannies and childminders) is allowed when necessary to enable parents to return to work

Travelling

  • When travelling everybody (including critical workers) should continue to avoid public transport wherever possible

  • Commuters should seek safer travel by cycling, walking or driving

  • People should wear facial masks when social distancing is difficult or impossible, including on public transport and at workplaces

Socialising

  • People can now also spend time outdoors subject to: 

    • not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household;

    • continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household;

    • good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces;

    • adhering to precautions put in place including closed playgrounds and exercise equipment

  • People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish

    • ​​For example, this would include angling and tennis

  • People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance

CURRENT REGULATIONS: Phase Two - Step One 

Below is a list of key changes for the current phase.

 

Important Points to Remember:

  • Clinically vulnerable people should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their households, but do not need to be shielded

  • Such people are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact, continuing to practise social distancing as proactively as they have been for the past two months.

Advice on Staying Safe:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household

  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible

  • Avoid being face to face with people if they are outside your household

  • Avoid crowds

  • Wash your clothes regularly, with a special focus on what you have worn in public

  • Keep indoor places well ventilated to reduce transmission

  • If you can, wear a face-covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible

Ongoing Updates and Relevant Information:

Full Explanation of the Government's Recovery Strategy

Updates:

Support For Constituents:

Advice:

Data and Information:

News:

Responses from Supermarket Chains:

Support for Businesses and Employees

 
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