Lifting of final COVID-19 measures
On Monday 21 February, the Government announced an update on lifting the final COVID-19 measures that are currently in place. Following this announcement, Bright Beginnings will be implementing the following guidance:
From February 24th
Guidance on Isolation and testing
If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 you should order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for the test result.
There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Children and young people with COVID-19 are advised not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take a lateral flow test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they may return to the Centre, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature.
There is no longer a requirement for staff to carry out two lateral flow tests a week. However, we will still encourage staff to follow the government guidance on testing and what to do if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory and can be worn at your own discretion. However, while they are no longer a legal requirement, we would still encourage parents and visitors to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing where possible out of respect for those around them.
Drop-Off and Collection
Drop off and collection will remain the same, and we will review this as a staff team at your next staff meeting on Wednesday 2nd March.
From April 1st
People with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to exercise personal responsibility when deciding whether to stay at home – until then they are still advised to do so as per the guidance above.
Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contactshttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/