Government Updates

Government Updates

The most recent update covers announcements and advice on (i) targeted action in local areas; (ii) the R number and growth rate in the UK; (iii) travel corridors for England (iv) journey planning; (v) the Back to School campaign; and (vi) work to ensure disabled people can enjoy summer safely.

(i) Targeted action in local areas

Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention. Businesses including restaurants and pubs, workplaces and childcare including nurseries are to remain open. More information is available here.

Growth Rate Estimates

(ii) The R number and growth rate in the UK: the Government Office for Science and Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies have this afternoon published the latest R and growth rate estimates by NHS England regions. More information, including links to the latest range for values in the devolved administrations can be found here.

(iii) Travel corridors

Guidance was updated on 20 August removing Croatia, Trinidad & Tobago and Austria from the list of travel corridors for England. Passengers will be required to self-isolate when returning from these countries from 4 am on Saturday 22 August. More information is available here.

(iv) Journey planning

DfT has provided information that aims to help passengers plan for their journeys, including messages around active travel and car sharing. Information is available here.

(v) Back to School campaign

Earlier this week the DfE launched its Back to School campaign in England, providing information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, transport, school meals and exams. More information is available here.

(vi) The Government is also working to ensure disabled people can enjoy summer safely including making hygiene, social distancing, and testing accessible to all. Please see and consider sharing this tweet here.

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