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Council Covid-19 Information & CTSi: Preparing for Change

The following post contains the latest contact information from the Council and an edited version of the latest CTSi bulletin:

Clackmannanshire Council

‘Support for People’ – supporting the NHS Test & Protect programme

Helpline: 01259 452275 or email S4P@clacks.gov.uk

The Council’s role is to make it easy for people not to leave their house from the minute they receive confirmation of a positive covid-19 test or close contact with someone who has received one.

The number of positive tests in Clackmannanshire is rising quickly.  People contacted by NHS Test & Protect can ask the Council for help with necessities for the period of isolation.  Some of them will be eligible for a £500 grant.  The grant is strictly only for in-work adults on low income who would lose income by staying at home following a positive test.

Anyone else who is struggling with the basics because of the impact of the pandemic can still call the Council for assistance and signposting to agencies who can help.

There is information about support during this new phase of the pandemic on the Council web-site, as follows:
https://www.clacks.gov.uk/coronavirus/supportsicv/

CTSi

Covid-19: Preparing for Change

TEST & PROTECT

Protect Scotland App
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous. Using the Protect Scotland app, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Find out more and download the app here.

Help for those self-isolating
There is a new system in place to help protect Test and Protect and ensure those people who test positive do stay at home and reduce infection – this could be people who receive a positive test and also those who get a notification through the Test & Protect app. The Council will help these people if they need and they can opt-in. Those that will have their income affected can apply for funding but the eligibility for this is tight – e.g. they must be employed or self employed and have to prove they will lose income as a result.

The Support for People service will put those self-isolating in touch with support providers in their community who can help. This includes voluntary groups. People who only get a notification are being asked if they can also self isolate but there may be a delay getting a phone call by the Council, so again these people may need some help and be in contact directly. The service may need to prioritise calls to those most vulnerable in our community such as the over 70’s and those people with medical conditions which put them at risk of severe illness from coming into contact with Covid-19.

This service is only for those who do not have other means of accessing these services. If those self-isolating have family, friends, neighbours or other services assisting them, they are encouraged to continue to use this support.

Help for those not self-isolating
If you are not self-isolating, but need some support, check out our Community Care Guide. This continues to be updated regularly, and we remain in contact with our local partners to ensure that the needs of the third sector and local community are taken into account in considering ways to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. We have also created a list of helplines covering everything from bereavement to money worries, as well as domestic abuse and addiction. Many people will be dealing with a number of concerns at the moment, and these helplines offer free and impartial advice.

You can also view our website for useful information, latest guidance, and updates.

CHECK THE RULES

Current measures and restrictions

Travel
The Scottish Government wants you to be safe. Please think about whether you need to travel, especially if you live in, or would be travelling to or through, the Central Belt. If you need to travel, follow FACTS and stay safe.

The Scottish Government is not imposing mandatory travel restrictions at this stage however you should:

  • avoid public transport unless it is absolutely necessary – for example for going to school or to work, if home working is not an option
  • people living in the five health board areas (Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, and Lothian) are advised not to travel outside the health board area they live in, unless they need to;
  • people in other parts of Scotland should not travel to these areas unless they need to
  • you should access goods, services and activities in your local area as much as possible
  • please walk, wheel and cycle when you can to save space on public transport for those who need it
  • please work from home if you can

Seeing friends and family
Full details of indoor and outdoor restrictions for seeing friends and family can be found here.

Shops and other businesses
Shops and other retail businesses should revert back to 2m distancing guidance at this time.

Customers must wear a face covering in shops and other retail premises. Some people do not have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.

Shop and retail staff who come into contact with customers must also wear a face covering. There are some exemptions, such as where there is 2 metre physical distancing or a screen between staff and customers.

Sports, exercise and leisure
No group exercise classes for indoor gyms/sports courts, pools etc can be held, with the exemption where this is specifically for under 18s.

Organised outdoor contact sport for those aged 18 and over is not permitted (excluding those playing professional sport as defined by the relevant governing bodies).

Coaches can still work with up to 30 people outdoors (in line with current guidance), with physical distancing and ensuring the appropriate sportscotland guidance is followed.

Indoor sport and leisure facilities remain open. All ages are permitted to use gym facilities and swimming pools, provided they abide by physical distancing requirements and following rules on mixing with other households.

Children and young people aged under 18 are exempt from the additional restrictions around sport and physical activity. They are still permitted to take part in organised contact sport outdoors and group classes indoors. Group classes indoors are restricted to those aged 17 and under. Those aged under 12 are still permitted to take part in organised indoor contact sport.

Providers should continue to ensure they operate as per the relevant guidance, such as the Scottish Government guidance on indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities and sportscotland’s latest guidance on sport and physical activity.

All snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling facilities, casinos and bingo halls must remain closed during this time.  Cinemas and libraries are not affected.

Hospitality businesses
Licensed premises must close during this period.
Unlicensed hospitality businesses in the affected areas must only open between 6am and at 6pm each day.

Take-away services can continue in line with current guidance.

This is subject to the following exemptions:

  • licensed cafes can also continue to provide a food and non-alcohol beverage service during these times to help alleviate the risk of social isolation.  A café is defined as an establishment whose primary business activity, in the ordinary course of business, is the sale of non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals, which may be consumed on the premises.
  • wedding receptions, civil partnership receptions and funerals wakes may continue (with alcohol) as per current meeting rules for such events (eg guidance on 20 person limit in regulated premises)

Further details on other exemptions can be found here.

Workplace face coverings
It’s now mandatory to wear a face covering in indoor communal workplaces in Scotland, which includes:

🔹 Canteens (when you’re queueing, entering or leaving)
🔹 Corridors
🔹 Social spaces

Make sure you know where you need to wear a face covering.

Central Belt restrictions are currently in place until 06:00 on Monday 2nd November. 
A full list of local restrictions for the Central Belt (including Clackmannanshire) can be found here.

Current nationwide measures can be found here.

Coronavirus – Health Information

Coronavirus information
Health advice regarding coronavirus can be found on NHS Inform.

The Health Protection Scotland website is updated frequently, and includes the latest information and advice for professionals and organisations.

Support for people self isolating
You should self isolate immediately if:

  • You or someone in your household has symptoms
  • You have been advised to do so by the NHS or through the Protect Scotland App
  • You have been abroad and need to quarantine
  • If you are told to isolate you must not go for one last shop or wait for a test result to decide.

Please see information at the beginning of this bulletin on the support available for those self-isolating.

Test and Protect – Protect Scotland App
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous. Using the Protect Scotland app, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Find out more and download the app here.

 

 

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