Mike Rumbles - Covid 19 update - 26th May


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EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

The First Minister has published the route map through and out of the crisis. As from Thursday 28th May the following changes to guidance will start.

  • You will be able to meet people from one other household, though initially in small numbers, and at 2 meters distance while you are outside.
  • You will be able to sit or sunbathe in parks and open areas.
  • Some non-contact outdoor leisure activities will be allowed to restart - such as golf, tennis, bowls and fishing - subject to appropriate hygiene and physical distancing.
  • People will be able to travel, preferably around their local area.
  • Take-away and drive-through food outlets will be free to reopen.
  • Waste and recycling services will start to resume.
  • Outdoor retail outlets such as garden centres will be allowed to reopen.
  • Children’s hearings will restart.
  • Non urgent NHS treatment and surgery will gradually restart.
  • Some construction will restart.

The document sets out four phases for seven activity areas, but we may not be in the same phases for all activities at the same time. This week the message remains stay at home. Next week that changes slightly to stay at home as much as possible. The decision on the future message has yet to be determined.

The full route map document is: HERE

 

SHIELDING

The Government will issue new guidance before the initial period of shielding ends on 18th June. This will aim to increase your quality of life and your ability to make informed choices, while continuing to protect you as much as possible from the risks the virus poses.

 

SCHOOLS AND OTHER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

  • Teachers and other school staff will return during June to prepare classrooms for the new term and a different model of learning.
  • The number of children who have access to the critical worker childcare hubs for those returning to work will increase.
  • Transition support will be offered to children going into primary 1 or moving from primary 7 to secondary school.
  • From 11 August, all schools will re-open. However, to allow appropriate physical distancing, children will return to a blended model of part time in-school and part time at-home learning.
  • Childminders can re-open during phase 1 and over the summer all early years childcare providers will re-open.
  • Universities and colleges will be allowed to have a phased return next term, with a combination of remote learning, and some limited on-campus learning.

 

TESTING ROLLED OUT TO EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 5

Testing for the virus has been opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five. This means anyone who is displaying any of the three symptoms of COVID-19 – continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of sense of taste or smell – will be able to book a test at the drive-through or mobile test centres. Do not travel more than 90 minutes to reach a testing site. If there is not a site near to you, then you should try to book a home testing kit.

For more information: CLICK HERE

If you are a key worker or have to leave home to work, and you have symptoms or a member of your household age 5 years or over is symptomatic, you can self-refer: HERE 

 

BUSINESS RATE GRANT SUPPORT FOR RENTERS

After pressure from the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Government has agreed businesses that have a rateable value that would qualify them for support through the grant scheme but which pay their business rates through an intermediary—that is, through a rental agreement or a management charge for the rented service office space that they occupy— will now qualify for the support. More details will be announced soon.

 

Mike called for evictions to be stopped during the outbreak during the Stage 3 proceedings Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament last Wednesday: HERE

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MORTGAGE HOLIDAY EXTENSION

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months or start making reduced payments.

For more information: CLICK HERE

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

There is concern that domestic abuse may increase during the lockdown.

You can access help: HERE

 

STATUTORY SICK PAY REBATE SCHEME

Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May. This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

For more information: CLICK HERE

 

CHARITY GRANTS

Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme. An additional £31 million is being made available to more than 3,000 small properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls.

For more information: CLICK HERE

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

UK Government news: www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Aberdeen City Council Updates: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19
Aberdeenshire Council Updates: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/
Angus Council Updates: https://www.angus.gov.uk/coronavirus
Dundee City Council Updates: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/services/covid-19
NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
NHS Grampian website: https://covid19.nhsgrampian.org/
NHS Tayside website: https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/YourHealthWellbeing/PROD_334959/index.htm
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816
Health Protection Scotland Guidance www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660
NFU Scotland advice https://www.nfus.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirusqa.aspx
Ready Scotland Information https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/

 

COMMUNITY MUTUAL AID

New community mutual aid groups are being established to help vulnerable people all over the North East. Here are the links to some of their Facebook groups. Please do search for more local groups in your area and please sign up and offer your support if you can.
- Aberdeen - www.facebook.com/groups/2550692921870646/
- Aberdeenshire - www.facebook.com/groups/aberdeenshire.mutual.aid/
- Dundee - www.facebook.com/groups/2259913884303722/

 

SUPPORT AND ADVICE

This is an anxious and uncertain time but we wanted you to know that Mike Rumbles MSP and our local councillors are ready to help in whatever way that we can.
You can email Mike at:
Mike.Rumbles.MSP@parliament.scot
We hope you found this practical advice and information helpful.
For more regular updates on Mike's work, please like or follow his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MikeRumblesLD/


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