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.
Anyone in good health can volunteer outside their home as long as a risk assessment is carried out and volunteer guidelines followed.
The government guidance states, “You can also volunteer outside your home if:
- you follow the social distancing guidance
- no one in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- no one in your household has tested positive for coronavirus”
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).
The GNN staff team are available on the phone, and by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if groups need particular help and support.