The latest Dorset Council Residents’ Newsletter has much useful information on current Covid regulations:
Public Health update on COVID-19 cases in Dorset
Cases of COVID-19 remain low in Dorset but are showing an increase. Between 2 and 9 September, there were 37 confirmed positive cases in the Dorset Council area.
It’s more important than ever to keep washing our hands, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and to keep 2 metres away from other people.
New ‘rule of 6’ law for social gatherings
From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.
There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. For example, it does not apply for education, training, or registered childcare, youth groups or activities, workplaces, voluntary or charitable services, weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
Certain businesses required by law to record contact details
From Friday 18 September, certain businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.
From this date, premises and venues across England where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas) must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff, which must be kept for 21 days.
Holidays – returning to the UK
Be aware that you may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return home from some countries (now including French Polynesia, Hungary, Portugal and Reunion from 4am Saturday 12 September). Gov UK has a list of countries where you will have to self-isolate on your return to the UK.
What to do if you feel unwell, or live with someone who is unwell
Get a test now and don’t leave home for at least 10 days if you have either:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
- Loss or change in sense or smell or taste
You can find more information and advice about COVID-19 on the NHS website. The page is being updated regularly and is the best place to go for the latest health information.
Self-isolation guidance and social distancing guidance is available in other languages.
Update on schools
We’re working closely with Public Health Dorset and all schools to safely manage any Coronavirus cases that occur.
It’s really important to maintain social disatancing when dropping off and collecting your children from school, don’t congregate around the school gates.