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Cabinet Office Updates


Please see today’s key updates from the Cabinet Office (below) which cover Community testing and an update on Nursery/Early Years Education.

In other news, there has been a change to the definition of close contact, which has been updated on NHS Test and Trace. Close contact is now classified as being within 2 metres of a positive case for more than 15 minutes (the time is now cumulative).  The guidance reads a contact can be anyone who has “been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)”.  See further information on how NHS Test and Trace works.

EDC have updated their website concerning the grants available and specifically the grants available because of lockdown. There is no further action to be taken by businesses at the moment. Full details can be found here

Cabinet Office Updates

Community testing
Community testing is to be expanded across all Local Authorities in England to test people without symptoms. Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms. Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.

Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.

For more information, see here.

A DHSC tweet about community testing can be seen here.

Update on Nursery/Early Years Education
Early education is vital for children’s development. Nurseries and childminders have worked hard with protective measures in place and enhanced cleaning routines, so that parents can work and children can be educated.

Parents may qualify for funded childcare even if their income has changed due to coronavirus. Working parents on coronavirus support schemes such as furlough will still retain eligibility for childcare support even if their income temporarily falls below the minimum requirement. For more information, see here.
As a reminder 
National Lockdown
For full details of what you can and cannot do, please check here.

Business support
For full details of the support available to businesses, see here.


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