Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice to GNN groups
Now the messaging is to Stay Alert rather than Stay Home, groups anticipate an increase in demand for transport to medical appointments.
While many GNN groups continued to operate safely during the lock down, as restrictions lift more groups are beginning to look to at how to re-start services again.
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 new 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).
Volunteering for the over 70’s
On the 22nd June the Government announced a staged replacing for the shielding programme, with the end of shielding anticipated on August 1st.
If you are over the age of 70 and in good health you will be able to volunteer outside of your home as long as:
- You are well
- Nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms
- The voluntary organisation carries out a risk assessment
- You can work in a separate area away from other people.
We are currently seeking clarity from our contacts in Public Health whether this will mean volunteers over the age of 70 can return to driving, and once we have an update we will notify groups direct. The local Directors of Public Health are reviewing the current guidance (see above) issued a few weeks ago in the light of the government’s announcements.
Meanwhile the GNN staff team are available on the phone, and by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if groups need particular help and support.