CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYEE UPDATE

Please find below our latest employee update for Prestwick Care. This update is correct as of 13 May 2020. Please continue to view the company website to obtain the most recent employee updates.  

We hope you had a great weekend and despite the current distancing challenges were able to spend some time celebrating VE day. Many localities were certainly decked out in red, white, and blue and everyone, quietly and perhaps more tempered than planned, celebrated.  

VE Day Celebrations 

Thanks to New Beginnings who kicked off VE Day Celebrations early with a range of activities for people to try, in their regular newsletter ‘Lockdown Life’ (Click Link)

To get a real taste of 1940’s living, examples of recipes under rationing were also shared – why not give them a go! (Click Link)

Dedicated app for social care workers 

The Department of Health and Social Care have launched an app for social care workers. The app provides access to training resources, discounts, and health and wellbeing tools. You can find out more about the app and how to get it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dedicated-app-for-social-care-workers-launched   

Vodaphone Offer 

NHS workers and vulnerable customers can now enjoy unlimited mobile data on Vodafone free for six months. The UK’s care workers are also now eligible to claim the offer. This extension follows Vodafone’s original offer, announced on April 6, of 30 days’ unlimited free data for NHS staff, vulnerable customers and half a million Pay Monthly customers.

Care workers who are Vodafone Pay Monthly customers can redeem the unlimited data offer by going to our website and entering their employer’s name and address as well as their email address. Anyone working for the NHS, but who isn’t registered as such with Vodafone, will need to enter their NHS email address. Once the details are verified, they will be automatically upgraded to the offer and notified. As before, Vodafone will be automatically provisioning the Pay Monthly customers it has listed as working for the NHS or flagged as vulnerable in its systems. These customers will be informed by text message.

The offer of free unlimited mobile data will be valid for six months from the date of redemption. Vodafone will provision all NHS staff applications and the first 250,000 care workers who apply. The offer will be open until 6th June 2020, which means eligible applicants could be benefiting from unlimited free data until 5th December. https://newscentre.vodafone.co.uk/press-release/free-six-months-unlimited-mobile-data-for-care-workers-and-nhs-staff/ 

New Guidance

The government has published OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, setting out its roadmap to bring the UK out of Covid-19 lockdown https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884171/FINAL_6.6637_CO_HMG_C19_Recovery_FINAL_110520_v2_WEB__1_.pdf?mc_cid=8906abd006&mc_eid=2410606497 

Please continue to closely monitor updates from government, including guidance and advice from Public Health England at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .

Current Guidance 

The current guidance may seem confusing. The simplest way we have seen it explained is in the following 3 step format:

🔴 STEP 1 (not before Wednesday 13th May) 

🔴 Outdoor exercise is now unlimited as long as you socially distance. 

🔴 You are now allowed to visit parks, walk, sunbathe and even BBQ as long as you socially distance. 

🔴 You can meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

🔴You can now drive to other destinations in England – no distance stated – (not Scotland or Wales) to exercise as long as you socially distance.

🔴You can now play sports, but only with people from your own household to reduce the chance of infection from others.

🔴Fines to be increased for people who ignore social distancing rules and take part in social gatherings.

🔴You can now start going back to work, only if you can’t work from home and social distancing can still be met – manufacturing and construction work were included in those industries encouraged to return to work. 

🔴You should try to avoid public transportation where possible, ideally walking or cycling to work if practical, if not then you should drive.

The above new measures will be monitored BEFORE moving to step 2 if there is no major increase in infections. Such an increase will result in the reinstatement of lockdown conditions. 

🔴 STEP 2 (June at the earliest) 

🔴 The phased reopening of retail and some shops.

🔴 Look at getting primary schools back. Reception, year 1 and year 6.

🔴 Secondary school pupils will get some time with teachers before the holiday regarding exams.

Steps 1 & 2 will be closely monitored before moving to Step 3 which will only happen if there is no major increase in infections. A major increase will result in a return to lockdown status. 

🔴 STEP 3 (no earlier than July 2020)

🔴 Start to look at reopening hospitality and other public places that attract larger gatherings such as restaurants, cinemas and leisure etc. 

The above is to be staged over the next two months. 

⛔Social distancing rules stay in place and must still be followed.

⛔Visiting other households is still not permitted.

⛔Social gatherings are still not allowed.

⛔You do not have to return to work if your place of work is not yet allowed to open or your employer chooses to remain closed.

⛔Restricted movement is NOT over, it has just been slightly relaxed to see if doing so influences the reinfection rate (R value)

⚠️The PM made it clear if the steps are not met then social distancing and restricted movement will carry on until the steps are met.

⛔STAY ALERT.

Remain aware and diligent that the virus is still a threat to your health and the health of others.

⛔CONTROL THE VIRUS.

Continue to control the spread of the virus by adhering to social distancing guidelines, avoid or restrict contact with outside of your household.

⛔SAVE LIVES

Do your part to help stop the spread of the virus to yourself and others.

Your welfare and safety are paramount at this time so please follow all government guidance in relation to Covid-19/Coronavirus. 

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact HR@malhotragroup.co.uk

This update is correct as of 13 May 2020. Please keep in touch with your line manager in relation to further updates.