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Roadmap – Step 1

Let’s help each other get out of lockdown and back to doing the things we used to love. To do that, we need to follow the roadmap rules. From Monday 29 March, the rules about what we can do have changed.

We can now meet as two households or a group of six, but only outdoors. We can also play sports outside like tennis or golf. Outdoor parent and child groups can start again too, but up to a maximum of 15. We still need to minimise our travel and holidays are off limits, but we can travel to meet people as long as we stay local to where we live.

But this easing of some restrictions doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods – and Covid will sneak back into our lives given half a chance.  To keep it at bay we all need to stay familiar with the roadmap rules, get the vaccine when it’s offered and remember ‘hands, face and space’ at all times. 

You can see some frequently asked questions on the Cornwall Council website, or get more in-depth info on the rules.

Cornwall Council has produced a poster detailing these changes, available to download here

Self-isolation

If you think you have any symptoms of coronavirus

Face with thermometer

High temperature

Sneezing face

New continuous cough

Face without mouth

Change to taste or smell

Book a test or call 119. Do not go out. You must self-isolate for 10 days.

Support for residents as shielding stops

Clinically extremely vulnerable residents are being reminded that wellbeing and mental health support is available to help them get back out into the community as the government advises that they can stop shielding from today (1 April).

Those coming out of shielding should follow the current rules under the government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions, but they should take extra precautions to protect themselves from Covid-19. 

Transport, supermarket delivery slots and priority vaccination will all still be available as well as a free coaching programme to help people adjust to getting back into the community. Find out more here

Support for reopening the sector

We have updated our section providing information and advice for resuming face-to-face working, reopening buildings, and restarting services which had been put on hold.

We have produced a Covid roadmap for voluntary sector organisations and tips for community groups to help keep Covid safe

We have also pulled together articles with tips on how to address ‘re-entry anxiety’ as people start to emerge from lockdown and back into social settings.

Vaccine roll-out

Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine

  • people aged 50 or over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

How to get the Covid-19 vaccine

If you meet the criteria listed above, you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides Covid-19 vaccinations.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

Remember if you have previously declined to be vaccinated, you are able to change your mind and book your vaccination if you are eligible.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments

If you are not eligible yet

Wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

For more information about the vaccine visit the NHS website

Resources

We have highlighted information, advice and resources available for VCSE organisations to absorb and share with those people they work with to help with the vaccine roll-out and building vaccine confidence. These include easy read guides, videos, Q&As, info around the GP access card and will be updated regularly.

Asymptomatic testing

Volunteers and staff who carry out essential duties but are unable to work from home now have access to twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. More information available here.

Volunteer resource from Covid-19 must be permanently embedded, says report

A new report has said that the volunteer resource available during Covid-19 must be permanently embedded into the NHS and social care to help to deliver on proposed government health care reforms and achieve better outcomes for communities.

Previous Covid roundups