COVID-19 community update in Hampshire w/c 29 March 2021
Roadmap out of lockdown – step 1: Rule of 6 or two households outdoors; minimise travel
• From the 29 March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or two households are allowed. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, are also permitted to reopen, and people are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
• People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible #staylocal
• While lockdown starts to be eased, simple behaviours can still make a big difference – keep following the rules of Hands, Face, Space – and let in fresh air.
• Translated and accessible information on COVID-19 can be found here.
• More than 30 million people in the UK – more than half the adult population – have now received at least one dose of a vaccine.
• The NHS is now inviting people aged 50 and above to come forward to receive their vaccinations and has begun sending over two million texts, letters and invitations to people. Anyone aged 50 and over can book an appointment on the NHS UK website or call 119.
• You can find out who is allowed to book a COVID vaccine on the NHS website.
• An open letter and short film to loved ones urging black people to take the jab has been created by Lenny Henry, along with actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adrian Lester, Naomi Ackie, Thandie Newton and David Harewood, YouTube star KSI, author Malorie Blackman, DJ Trevor Nelson, and historian David Olusoga – available on the BBC website
• The Department of Culture Media and Sport has developed materials to be shared via WhatsApp and Facebook community groups, as well as Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, to tackle false information about COVID vaccines being circulated.
• The British Islamic Medical Association has issued advice and a Q&A on fasting and vaccination during Ramadan. They also have webinars and other videos on vaccines including in Urdu and Bengali.
• There are different testing options available – to understand which one to take, check https://www.gov.uk/getting-tested-for-coronavirus
• For school, nursery and college households or bubbles and those who regularly leave home for work, there is no need to book an appointment to collect a test kit for self-testing at home. Kits can be collected from the Regional Testing Site at Southampton Airport or one of the eight walk-through Local Testing Sites in Hampshire between 2.30pm and 8pm: find your local site and check opening times. (Please note, opening times may be subject to change.)
Information and support
• The Hampshire Community Champion Programme is now open to all Hampshire residents aged 18+ who want to help improve the health and wellbeing of their communities. The programme focuses on providing information, training, and support to individuals so they can better support their friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and more. We welcome people from communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 including men, people from Black and Asian ethnic backgrounds and people working in public-facing jobs. For more information visit www.hants.gov.uk/communitychampionprogramme.
Thank you for your continuing support to #KeepHampshireSafe