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The @symes Community Building and Library are closed until further notice.
The CATT Community Bus has suspended transport for shopping until further notice and will be providing transport for vaccinations. More information below.
We are working hard to make the building safe for the community we serve. We hope to be back open as soon as possible.
COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for full up to date guidance.
Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.
The success of the vaccination programme is one factor – so far over 17 million people have had their jabs – but by no means the whole story. The public have also risen to the challenge of suppressing COVID-19: by obeying the law; staying at home; getting tested when needed; isolating when required, and following the ‘hands, face, space’ and ‘letting fresh air in’ guidance.
Taken together, this means that even though absolute case numbers remain relatively high, we will be able to begin relaxing the current strict lockdown. While we must all remain vigilant – in particular against the threat from new COVID-19 variants – and continue to protect the NHS, a safe exit from lockdown can begin. It will take place in four steps; and at each step, we plan to lift restrictions across the whole of England at the same time.
In implementing this plan we will be guided by data, not dates, so that we do not risk a surge in infections that would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS. For that reason, all the dates in the roadmap are indicative and subject to change. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the scientific data to reflect the changes in restrictions and to be analysed; followed by one week’s advance notice of the restrictions that will be eased.
Only when the government is sure that it is safe to move from one step to the next will the final decision be made. The decision will be based on four tests:
- the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
- evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
- infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
The government will continue to protect the public by ensuring local outbreaks are managed quickly and effectively and that we combat new dangerous variants, both within the UK and at the border. The government will also continue to support families and businesses throughout the steps set out in the roadmap – details of which will be set out by the Chancellor in the Budget on 3 March.
Step 1 – 8 and 29 March
Changes on 8 March
In Step 1, our priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. We are introducing twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils – in addition to regular testing for all teachers – to reduce the chance of the virus spreading in schools.
Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return from 8 March.
People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.
Changes on 29 March
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Business and activities
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
Step 2 – not before 12 April
Business and activities
Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
Step 3 – not before 17 May
As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
Business and activities
Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen – and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.
Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
Review of social distancing
Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.
Step 4 – not before 21 June
By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.
Business, activities and events
We hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection. The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.
As we move through each of these phases in the roadmap, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’. Comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Get tested when needed. Get vaccinated when offered. If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.
Vaccines, over 70 & people who are CEV
Book a vaccination appointment today – over 70s and shielded patients
Local appointments are currently available for people who haven’t yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, and who are:
- Over 70 years of age
- Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and of any age (this means you’ve received a letter at some point asking you to shield due to a health condition
You no longer need to wait to receive an invitation letter if you’re in these groups. Getting vaccinated is your best protection against the virus, and the NHS is encouraging all eligible people to make a vaccination appointment without delay.
How to book your appointment
If you would like an appointment at a doctors’ surgery close to where you live, please call your local GP practice or visit your practice website to discuss your options.
If you would like to book an appointment at Ashton Gate stadium or a pharmacy location, please use the national book system online or call 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm.
Getting to your appointment
There are a range of travel options available to help you get to your vaccination appointment, including NHS transport and the CATT Community Bus (see below). Please talk to your practice about this if travel is an issue for you – vaccination at home is available where clinically necessary.
You can find out more about vaccine safety and effectiveness here: COVID-19: Mass vaccination – Healthier Together (bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk)
Need transport to get your vaccination?
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the CATT Community Bus has suspended transport for shopping until further notice and will be providing transport for vaccinations.
You do not need to be a member of CATT to receive this service.
We are currently providing a service to the following clinics:
- Hartwood Healthcare
- Hillview Family Practice
- Lennard Surgery
- Grange Road Surgery
Please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate. However, should you not be a patient of any of these surgeries, we can put you in contact with the relevant transport provider.
Please call the CATT office: 0117 377 3451
Latest National Lockdown Guidance 05/01/2021
What you can and cannot do during the national lockdown:
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, 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 cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
Who is this guidance for
This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should follow resumed shielding guidance and should not attend work, school, college or university. You should limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Please click HERE to view the full gov.uk National Lockdown guidance website.
A useful guide about from Rehab4Addiction about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BBC TV Education Announcement
Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.
BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.
You can always RECORD the episodes to view at a later date/time. Full story here: https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/2020/bbc-launches-biggest-education-offer-ever
BS13’s response to COVID-19
Tier 3 – Translated video messages from Bristol City Council – Click the YouTube link below
A new drive-through mobile testing unit has opened at Hengrove Leisure Park. It will be operating on an appointment-only basis and is open daily from 10:30am to 3:30pm
NHS Test and Trace Support Payment
In September, the government announced a new package to support and enforce self-isolation.
From 28 September 2020, individuals with low incomes will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Scheme payment of £500 if they are required to self-isolate. In order to qualify for this payment they must meet the following four criteria:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- Are low paid employed or self-employed
- Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- Are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
The council can also make discretionary payments of £500 to those who don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits, but are on a low income and could suffer financial hardship as a result of not being able to work.
The council opened applications on Monday 12 October but payments can be backdated to 28 September.
Please visit bristol.gov.uk/testandtracepayment for more information and to apply
Coronavirus self isolating
You should self isolate if:
- You have been advised to shield by a health professional.
- You are vulnerable for another reason, (for instance, due to disability, pregnancy, aged over 70, you have a long-term condition such as Parkinson’s or epilepsy, or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition.
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms, or you’ve been in contact with someone who has.
- You have been instructed to self isolate by the ‘Test and Trace’ service, because you’ve been near someone infected.
- You are self-isolating ahead of planned hospital care.
- You have been instructed to self-isolate following entry into the country.
If you are instructed to self-isolate and do not have access to the internet to order shopping on-line, support could be arranged by contacting:
- We are Bristol – 0800 694 0184 – self-isolating only.
- NHS volunteer responders – 0808 186 3646 until December 2020.
How to protect yourself:
- You must wear a face covering by law in some public places, unless you have a face covering exemption because of your age, health or another condition.
- Avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.
- Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people as much as possible.
- Ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you.
- The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.
- New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
If you have any of these symptoms, please arrange a test for yourself.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 119 if you cannot get help online.