From 1st June, if you are in the “shielding” category, which is people who are extremely clinically vulnerable, you are now able to go out for a walk, if you feel comfortable, with members of your household or meet up with one other person not in your household, in a garden or open space, provided you maintain a 2 metre distance. However you may wish to continue avoiding all contact until a later date.
If you are not classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, you can meet five other people at any one time, as long as it is in an outdoor space and social distancing is maintained. That means any two people from different households must stay two metres apart, though any groupings who live in the same house don’t need to socially distance from each other. This includes people over 70, as long as they take “extra care” with social distancing, hand-washing and touching hard surfaces.
NHS Test & Trace
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced. Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms can now get a test and if it’s positive you’ll be contacted by text, email or phone. You’ll be asked about places you have visited recently and details of people you have been in close contact with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started. The NHS contact tracers will ask people they get in touch with to self-isolate for a fortnight.
NHS Test & Trace scams
People are being warned to be wary of scammers pretending to be from the NHS Test & Trace service as coronavirus contact tracing launches in the UK. It’s feared fraudsters will pose as NHS contact tracers to con people into handing over personal details.
To check it’s genuine – calls and texts will come from one verified NHS number: 0300 013 5000. Calls from any other numbers, or from a withheld number, should be treated as fake. If you do not feel comfortable talking on the phone, or suspect the call to be a scam, you can ask for an email or a text that will invite you to use the Test and Trace website instead.
If you’ve received a dodgy message or call you can report it to Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre working with the police.
Action Fraud 0300 123 2040