Day Service update due to National Lockdown Restrictions (11th January 2021)
Following the announcement of the new National Lockdown across England on 4th January, the latest government guidance would support the current continuation of organised Support Groups, which are delivered face to face, and where they are formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy and any other form of support in premises and not a private home.
Day Service providers in Sefton can therefore remain open at this time, continuing to adhere to National Government guidance and local advice on infection prevention including use of PPE, operating regular and enhanced cleaning measures and maintaining 2 metre social distancing. This would include keeping support bubbles to no more than 6 clients and within the agreed building capacity.
The Provider should update their building and individual risk assessments in light of recent increases in infection rates, and the emergence of the new variant meaning that venues need to be more COVID secure than previously – in order that they are confident the service can be delivered securely.
Please continue to report any COVID-19 positive test results/cases immediately to the IPC Team on 0151 295 3036 and the Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org so that support can be offered and measures taken to control further outbreaks.
SMART testing is continuing in Sefton throughout lockdown for people who do have to leave their homes and mix with others because of their work or caring responsibilities.
This means people who work in schools or caring environments and frontline services, where on-site testing is not taking place, as well unpaid carers and volunteers. It also means those who work in supermarkets or those shops that can open. Providers can support their staff to access the dedicated sites in Sefton to obtain a test and find out whether they have the virus and could affect others.
Changes to clinically extremely vulnerable groups using day care centres during National Restrictions
Anyone who is in a clinically extremely vulnerable group (which now includes adults who live with Down’s syndrome) should follow the government guidance updated 11th January 2021, with regards to Shielding and any advice given to them by their GP or other Health Care Professionals.
This is subject to individual risk assessment and providers following the relevant guidance on providing COVID secure services, for individuals to continue to attend.