Somerset Coronavirus Update

All our help and information is available in a single place on the SCC website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/  This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

Public Health dashboard: detailed Public Health information dashboards are available on our website: www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus – just scroll down to ‘Covid-19 dashboard’. These are updated daily.

Christmas bubbles with friends and family
The government has published the guidance for UK Christmas arrangements: Christmas Bubble Advice

The main points are:
You can travel between tiers and UK nations to and from your Christmas bubble between 23rd and 27th December.
Once at your destination you should follow rules in that tier.
Three households can form a Christmas bubble together.
You can only be in one Christmas bubble.
You cannot change your Christmas bubble.
You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
If someone is in your Christmas bubble, you can visit each other’s homes and stay overnight.

Details for student movement and plans for the end of term may be read here: Student Information

Information about local restriction tiers here: Local Tier Guidance

Self-isolation at a glance
The rules around self-isolating have been made clearer, thanks to a useful guide that’s now available on our website. The isolating checker sets out what needs to be done if someone in your household shows coronavirus symptoms. You can find it here – scroll down to the Covid-19 self-isolation graphic: Self-Isolation

Employer toolkit to tackle domestic abuse
More than three-quarters of women experiencing domestic abuse said that Covid-19 made it harder for them to leave their abuser. For some, work is their only safe space and the prospect of having to work from home for the foreseeable future will be an intimidating one.  Today marks the start of ‘16 Days of Action’ aimed at businesses to support them, through an online toolkit, to take action against domestic abuse and violence:  Domestic Abuse Toolkit   If you are experiencing domestic abuse help is, and will continue to be, available: www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk

Support for Somerset residents during lockdown
Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.  The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs coronavirus-related support.  Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves or are concerned about relatives or neighbours. Lines are open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.