Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice to GNN groups

As the Government continues with their roadmap to ease the country out of lockdown, we have been moved into Step 2.

The situation at present is:

  • Anyone can volunteer outside of their home, but if you are extremely clinically vulnerable you should take extra care. Please click here to find out more.
  • There is no advice or regulation on any age limits on volunteer driving.
  • Lateral Flow Testing is available for all adults, and it is suggested that two tests are carried out per week. Tests can be collected from test sites or pharmacies, or delivered to your home. Click here to find out more.

We have developed a clear set of guidelines for groups offering driving services. One very important point to remember is for the driver to wear a single use face mask. Following the Government announcement that face coverings should be worn on public transport and within hospital buildings, GNN recommend that passengers also wear face coverings, although these do not need to be single use masks. You can find additional information on face coverings and instructions about how to make a face mask here. For those who need lip reading-friendly masks please click here for instructions for making one.

Government advice states, “People should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting their face covering on and after taking it off and it is important that people don’t touch their face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.”

Some people are exempt from the rules on face coverings including:

  • Children under 11 years old
  • People unable to put on, wear or take off a mask due to a disability
  • People with breathing difficulties
  • Those travelling with someone who relies on lip reading (although you may wish to make a lip reading-friendly mask).

Hampshire County Council has produced a useful guide for volunteer and volunteer manager wellbeing. Please click here for volunteer guide and here for volunteer manager guide.


The GNN staff team are available on the phone, and by email ( if groups need particular help and support.

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