released yesterday on the COVID-19 Emergency Bill, which is to be published
later this week. The Bill will include:
A power to remove or relax some requirements around education and childcare legislation in order to help these institutions run effectively in the event of an emergency a power to require schools, further education and childcare settings to stay open or re-open, operate in ways to support continued education and childcare such as enable pupils / students to attend different premises, to enhance resilience of childcare and education sector a power to close educational institutions or childcare providers. This will happen only where necessary and proportionate, to help minimise disruption to everyday life. The measures would only be put in place for the period of time required to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak powers to bring additional social workers onto the register of social workers held by the regulator, Social Work England
The measures in the
Bill are temporary, proportionate to the risks, will only be used when strictly
necessary and will be in place only for as long as required to respond to the
This Bill will ensure
the government has the powers it needs, when it needs them, to allow our vital
public services to keep functioning and to save lives.
Further detail will be
available when the Bill is published later this week.
Updated advice for
non-essential travel worldwide
The Foreign &
Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide.
This advice takes effect immediately (from 17 March) and applies initially for
a period of 30 days.
Funding for free
childcare offers to continue in the event of coronavirus closures
Chancellor has confirmed the Government will continue to pay for free early
years entitlement places even if settings are closed on the advice of Public
Health England or children are not able to attend due to coronavirus. We expect
local authorities to follow the Department’s position, and to continue early
entitlements funding for all childminders, schools and nurseries. We will not
be asking for funding back from local authorities.
advice remains that childcare settings should stay open unless advised
otherwise by Public Health England, and yesterday’s announcement should help
settings to continue to do so. This will minimise both longer-term disruption
to parents and any income losses that providers may otherwise experience.
The most important
thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often,
for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends
that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing,
everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public
The Department for
Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19
relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young
people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are
currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at
this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we
answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening
hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers
available to answer your calls.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
New guidance for
households with symptoms
Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to
the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms startedif you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the communityfor anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)A
new, continuous cough
The full stay at home
guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
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