New social distancing measures
I am at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), and have care and support needs, what do the new social distancing measures mean for me?
Public Health England have published new advice on social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.
Adult Social Care is working with our partners to identify everyone who may be vulnerable during this period to ensure we continue to deliver vital services to those who need our support the most. As more people become unwell we may have to temporarily reduce the level of support some people receive.
If neither you nor the person who supports you has any symptoms, then no personal protective equipment is required above and beyond normal good hygiene practices. Cleaning activity may be increased as well as keeping the property properly ventilated by opening windows whenever it is safe and appropriate. People providing care should follow advice on hand hygiene.
If the person who supports you is showing symptoms, they should follow NHS advice. If they are advised to self-isolate at home they should follow Public Health England stay at home guidance (available in different languages) for households with possible coronavirus infection and not visit and care for individuals until it is safe to do so.
If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, Public Health England guidance on safe working procedures to minimise the risk of transmission must be followed.