This page has been designed to help give residents in Mid Derbyshire up-to-date information, guidance and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.
Please click here for the Government's stay at home advice.
Lockdown announcement from 23 March 2020
The Government has now instituted a lockdown to help prevent the spread of the virus. No Government wants to do this, but this an exceptional measure for exceptional circumstances and will be reviewed in three weeks. They key elements of the lockdown are:
- Only leave your home for work if you are a key worker or for essential work (defined here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision)
- Only leave your home once a day to exercise, by yourself unless it's with a member of your household
- Only leave your home to go shopping for food and medicines, and do so infrequently
- Only leave your home if you are checking on a vulnerable person in your community, and continue to observe social distancing rules if you do so
- Please note, children can move between the homes of parents who have separated.
Whilst the lockdown continues:
- Police will have the powers to break up public gatherings of more than two people, unless you are from the same household
- All non-essential shops, ie. those which do not sell food or medicines, and places or worship are now closed
- Social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, are now stopped
- All non-essential travel is strongly discouraged
How can you avoid getting and spreading the virus?
Scientists think the virus spreads via droplets from coughs and sneezes and we know it spreads easily and can stay on surfaces for a while. It's possible that a lot of us will get it and be affected by it, but if you follow the advice below you will reduce your risk and the risk to others.
- Avoid non-essential contact with others - work from home if you can, avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and mass gatherings
- Wash your hands - with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing
- Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately
- Don't touch your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...
- Stay at home for 7 (individual) or 14 (group) days - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild
- Ask for help - if you find it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
- Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family - for the full period - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
- Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
- Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps
- Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol if you need to
- Keep cleaning - so you keep surfaces clean
- Reduce contact with at risk people - people over 70, women who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions are more at risk - help keep them safe.
What are the symptoms?
If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:
- A new continuous cough
- A fever or high temperature
What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?
- Protect others - don't call NHS 111
- Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
- Protect others - don't go to your local hospital
Isolate yourself immediately
- You are, or become, unable to manage with your symptoms at home
- Your conditions get worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
You should use the online 111 service or if you can't use the online service call 111
- Stay at home for 14 days - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild
- Ask for help - if you're finding it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your local community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
- Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family - for the full 7 days - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
- Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
- Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps minimise the spread
- Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol
- Keep cleaning - keeping surfaces clean helps minimise the spread
- Avoid people at risk - people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected help keep them safe
Business, employees, housing and schools
- Emergency legislation will shortly be introduced to ensure no one gets evicted if they cannot pay their rent. Landlords will not be able to evict tenants for at least a three-month period and so no renters in private or social housing need to be concerned about the threat of eviction.
- The Government will also introduce a three-month mortgage holiday for those in difficult due to Coronavirus. That mortgage holiday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing difficulty in paying their rent because of Coronavirus.
- For the first time in history, the Government will pay up to 80% of people’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – offering grants to employers who promise to retain their staff. The Scheme will cover salaries of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month.
- The next three months of VAT will be deferred until the end of the financial year.
- Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit will be increased by £1,000 a year for the next 12 months to ensure a stronger safety net for those out of work.
- The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will be interest free for twelve months, providing loans of between £1.2 million to £5 million to struggling businesses of all sizes.
- All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, which must have closed by 20 March 2020, will receive a 12 month holiday from paying business rates, regardless of their rateable value.
- Grants of up to £10,000 will be provided to those with little or no rateable value.
- The Government will cover the costs of Statutory Sick Pay for businesses with fewer than 250 employees, funding the costs to employers for a period of two weeks per infected employee.
- Those businesses worried about meeting their tax liabilities may be eligible to defer payments using HMRC’s Time To Pay service. Ring the dedicated COVID-19 helpline 0800 0159 559 to find out more.
- The Government has set up the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - meaning the Government will pay the registered self-employed a grant of 80% of your average monthly profits for the last three years, up to £2,500 a month.
- The 80% figure will be calculated from your last three financial years of Tax Self-Assessments Returns.
- You will be contacted directly by HMRC and only those whose average annual profit has been £50,000 or less (which is 95% of the self-employed) will be eligible.
- If you haven't filed three years worth of self-assessment tax returns, the Government will look at the available tax returns, provided you have registered and returned for at least one year, to support you. Some evidence base is necessary to prevent fraud.
- Whilst state schools are now closed for most students, students who are the children of key workers (list below) can still attend school to make sure those key workers are able to contribute to the fight back against Coronavirus and maintain essential public services. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
- With public examinations cancelled, a system will shortly be put in place to generate a grade for each student. That will be taken in the round, viewing predicted grades, coursework and exams already taken. An appeal system will be put in place to allow those students who feel the grades to not reflect their true level secure a more accurate grade. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announc
Supporting the vulnerable
The Government is urging 1.5 million people who are considered to be vulnerable to stay at home for at least 12 weeks. These people are those at the highest risk of being hospitalised should they contract the virus. They will be contacted by their GP practice or specialist this week and, where your mobile number is known, through frequent text messages.
If you are vulnerable people and are self-isolating and do not have a local support network of friends and family, the Government will ensure you receive basic groceries and medicine. These Local Support Systems will likewise contact you directly and will discuss dietary and medicinal needs where necessary.
The Government guidance identifying the extremely vulnerable can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
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