As rules and guidelines develop to reflect the changing situation, we have summarised the announcements which affect housing associations.
This resource will continue to be updated in accordance with the latest guidelines.
Living with covid
The government has now removed all legal restrictions designed to contain coronavirus. In place of the previous Plan A, government has put forward its ‘Living with Covid’ plan. The central features of this are:
- The legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test has been removed.
- Adults and children who test positive will still be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others – if the individual shows negative tests on days five and six they can return to their normal routine.
- Those who test positive should still always avoid contact with people in at risk groups.
- Specific guidance will be available for staff in services supporting vulnerable people. Symptomatic (PCR) testing will continue to be available for social care staff.
- From 1 April, lateral flow tests will no longer be free for most people, though there will be limited tests available for some at risk groups (further details will be announced).
- There will be continued support in encouraging the take up of vaccines amongst care recipients and staff, including any recommended further doses.
- There will be ongoing guidance on precautions for visitors and workers in social care.
Updated guidance is available for supported living settings, including information on maintaining service delivery, vaccinations and testing.