Latest news: Cheshire West and Chester Council is advising people to continue following good practice, with restrictions changing from Monday 19 July, and use caution where you feel uncomfortable.
People living, visiting and working in Cheshire West and Chester are advised to do the following.
- Get fully vaccinated – it’s shown to be safe and effective against the virus, including new variants, and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.
- Be kind and considerate of others who may be feeling extremely nervous about the further lifting of restrictions.
- Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing can’t be followed and it might make others feel uncomfortable, such as supermarkets, public transport and health and social care settings like hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries.
- Continue social distancing by not unnecessarily being in crowded areas and continuing to work from home if possible.
- Try to meet others outside where possible.
- Continue to practice good hand hygiene, particularly hand washing.
- Keep getting tested – everyone should take part in twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using lateral flow tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms, such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, they should take an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they must stay at home and book a PCR test.
- Self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, especially if you work in a high-risk setting.
Businesses and workplaces in Cheshire West and Chester are also asked to do the following.
- Continue to adhere to COVID-19 working safely guidance, including having washing facilities and proper ventilation with external fresh air.
- Continue to engage with the test, trace and isolate process and increase testing if your workplace has had an outbreak.
- Encourage your employees to get tested if they suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolate if positive.
- Encourage your employees to have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered.
Twice-weekly testing offer
Everyone in England without symptoms can now take a free rapid coronavirus test twice a week. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms is delivered through:
- a home ordering service (which can be accessed on GOV.UK)
- workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
- community testing, offered by all local authorities
- collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows
- testing on-site at schools and colleges
- a new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service where people will be able to collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home.
Government advice is that people who need to leave the home to work or volunteer should be tested twice a week.
The Council’s COVID-19 helpline is still available from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12.30pm on a Saturday. Call: 0300 123 7031.
CWP Mental Health helpline 0800 145 6485. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
The council’s Live Well website is being continuously updated with services and suppliers which will help you help your neighbours. This includes local food deliveries.
Getting the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for work (ACAS)
Vaccination and COVID status checks (ICO)
How volunteers can best be engaged and supported during the covid-19 pandemic
Safeguarding and DBS checks for volunteers
Volunteering in the community
Where to get support for vulnerable people in west Cheshire.
Safeguarding beneficiaries of your support group
The following tasks are not deemed to be regulated activity and do not require a DBS check:
· Shopping for those who are isolating
· Picking up prescriptions
· Posting mail
· Dog walking
· Driving (with the exception of transporting patients)
Regulated activities include transporting, teaching and caring; including personal care to those who are vulnerable due to age, illness or disability.
If your volunteers are undertaking roles that require DBS, more information can be found here.
Logo to download if you are a volunteer
Advice for good neighbours
Excellent advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak – including paying for goods or services
Insurance for volunteer drivers
Food safety for community cooking and food banks: Hygiene and allergy advice for individuals and groups preparing meals to share in their community.
Tips for telephone befriending
Free training for coronavirus volunteers from the British Red Cross