As it’s early spring, police forces have been out and about explaining to those who have left their house why the measures are in place, offering them the opportunity to return home.
Meet the volunteers helping to feed doctors and nurses at St George’s Hospital
The government has been reiterating its message of ‘stay home, protect the NHS and save lives’, reinforcing the need for people to pay attention to the measures, as social distancing is one of the main ways to get the pandemic under control, according to the government’s medical advisors.
When am I allowed to leave the house?
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
Can I go to the dentist, my GP or another medical appointment?
You can leave home for medical appointments.
GP practices may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments.
You should go to the doctor if there is an essential medical need.
This is all to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus strain Covid-19.
During this crisis there is one group of workers that are putting their own health at risk by helping to keep others alive. That’s our NHS workers. Across the UK, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff are treating patients with limited resources.
The best we can do to help is to follow the government guidelines on social distancing – that’s staying at least two metres away from other people and only leaving your house for essential trips.
But here at MyLondon, we’ve created another way to give our thanks. You can pledge your support to the NHS by adding a heart to the map from where you live. to do so. You can also get in touch by sharing stories of NHS workers who have helped you or a loved one, or are doing an amazing job in our hospitals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
They really are the best of us all.
Can I walk my dog or look after my horse?
People must stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. But you can also still go outside once a day for a walk, run, cycle. When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household.
Should I stay at home or go to work?
Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services such as train and bus drivers.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
I’m not a critical worker and I can’t work from home. What should I do?
Critical workers are those who can still take their children to school or childcare. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work – if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.
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How can I find out if my work is essential or not?
The government is not saying only people doing “essential” work can go to work. Anyone who cannot work from home can still go to work.
We have also asked certain businesses where people gather, such as pubs and most shops, to close. Separate guidance has been published on this.
Can I see my friends?
Instead, you could keep in touch with your friends using phone or video calls.
Can I visit elderly relatives?
You should keep in touch with them using phone or video calls.
you are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and nobody in your household does you are under 70 you are not pregnant you do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus
When outside the home, you should stay at least two metres away from others wherever possible.
Employers must make all efforts to help people to work from home where possible, as this will help limit the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of contact between people.
In some circumstances this may be impossible – this would apply to those working for a business or organisation that we have not asked to close and requires them to travel and be at work, such as train or bus drivers, construction workers, restaurant workers handling deliveries or those on the frontline like NHS workers.
For these workers who need to be at work, do not have symptoms or live with anyone who has symptoms, and are not vulnerable people, we have outlined clear guidance for employers to help protect workers.
I can’t go to work because I need to look after my child, but my boss is threatening to sack me if I don’t. What should I do?
We would urge employers to take socially responsible decisions and listen to the concerns of their workforce – particularly when they have childcare responsibilities.
Employers and employees should come to an agreement about these arrangements.
If individuals need advice they should approach ACAS where they can get impartial advice about in-work disputes.
Can I move house?
If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.
Unless you are with members of your household, gatherings of more than two people in parks and other public spaces have been banned. The police have the powers to disperse gatherings and issue fines if necessary.
What will happen to me if I break the rules?
However, if you leave your home or gather in public for any reason other than those specified, the police may:
instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so take you home – or arrest you – if you do not follow their instructions or where they deem it necessary issue a fine (fixed penalty notice) of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days. issue a fine (fixed penalty notice) of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence
Individuals who do not pay their fine could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.