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COVID-19 Response

The priorities and needs during the Covid 19 pandemic for older people shifted to food supplies, prescription collection, access to health & social care services, safety, social interactions and being updated with Government guidelines.

 

The coronavirus has meant that Age UK Westminster has had to expand its activities to provide more personal social contact and delivery services to the vulnerable older people than ever before. 

 

Majority of our services are now held virtually. 

 

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Covid-19 Update

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS– Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE– Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE– Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

As from 4th January 2021the whole of England is now in ‘National Lockdown’ - Stay at Home: 

When you can leave home 

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice). 

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offencesup to a maximum of £6,400.

A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes: 

  • Work- you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
  • Volunteering- you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
  • Essential activities- you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating. Education and childcare- You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children’s activities for school-aged pupils is restricted. See further information on education and childcare . People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles.
  • Meeting others and care-You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child.
  • ExerciseYou can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.& You should maintain social distancing . See exercising and meeting other people.
  • Medical reasons-You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
  • Harm and compassionate visits-you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment./li>
  • Animal welfare reasons–you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.
  • Communal worship and life events-You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

For further details please go to:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home