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COVID-19 NEWSLETTER - January 2021

Following last night’s decision by the Government to close and stop all non-essential services and retail stores, all of our Services are now closed, with reopening dates to be confirmed as we navigate the weeks ahead together. We will continue to stay in touch through our Newsletters if you are subscribed and our website.

Finally, we would again like to thank you for your support for our still new business, during what is clearly a very challenging and uncertain time for us all. We are committed to protecting our consultants and clients as well as our wider community. We will be in touch again soon with further updates. In the meantime, stay well, stay blessed and look after each other.


Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.


2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.


3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.


4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.


5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.


7. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.


Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:


  • are over 70

  • have an underlying health condition

  • are pregnant


This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.



Coronavirus Information


  • Whilst there is now a vaccine:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.




Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.






Stay at Home & Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for those who are high risks.

What you can and cannot do during the national lockdown (as written in the Gov guidance)


You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person

  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.

  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.


Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.


If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.


If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work


Meeting others


You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.


You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.





Some useful links:

Coronavirus advice video from The World Health Organisation


Lastly, our thoughts go out to those who have been affected and will be effected over the coming months, by this unprecedented event.We appreciate the healthcare workers working on the front line to contain this coronavirus.

If we can be of any further help, now or in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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