STAYING SAFE & PROTECTING OTHERS

The government advice remains to 'stay alert!'

1) WASH YOUR HANDS!

For the general population, the advice is still to wash hands frequently. Use hot water and soap as often as you are able, particularly after touching any item which may have been touched by another person.

Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

2) ALCOHOL-BASED SANITISER IS NOT HARAM!

There has been much debate about the use of alcohol-based sanitisers by Muslims. The consumption of alcohol is haram, not permitted, because consumption causes harm to individuals and to society; the use of alcohol as a sanitiser is for the protection and wellbeing of individuals and of society, therefore our view and the view of most scholars is that this use is permitted. Whatever your own personal view, we recommend carrying a small bottle of alcohol or non-alcohol hand sanitiser at all times.


3) MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE:

The new rules are to keep at least 1 metre away from any person not in your immediate family, more if possible. It may not always be possible, but observe this rule as well as you are able as much as you are able.


4) STAY AT HOME:

Although lock down is officially over, to ensure that we don't trigger a local lock down in Kirklees, the advice is to stay at home if you can. Exercise and fresh air are important for mental and physical wellbeing, but keep this to a minimum.


5) WORK FROM HOME:

Anyone who is able to work from home should continue to do so. If you are not furloughed and cannot work from home at all times, could you do some of your work from home?


6) TRANSPORT:

Public transport, including taxis, is considered high risk because of the numbers of people who use it, along with the risk of being in shared confined spaces for prolonged periods. Use any other form of transport before using public transport. If you must use public transport, avoid busy times and routes, keep your distance from other passengers, use card payment or the exact fare if possible, and wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you are able afterwards. For the protection of others, you are now required to wear a face mask on any bus or coach, train or tram, ferry or hovercraft or other vessel, aircraft or cable car. The fine for failure to wear a covering is up to £100.


7) AVOID FACE TOUCHING:

According to the American Journal of Infection Control, people touch their faces more than 20 times an hour on average. We’re constantly touching surfaces which could potentially be contaminated. Covid 19 can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Wearing gloves is believed to make people more aware of their hands and to reduce the frequency of unconscious face-touching.


8) COVER YOUR FACE:

The evidence remains unclear, but advice is that covering your nose and mouth may prevent infected people from spreading the virus to others. Some people have the virus without showing symptoms, so when in places where keeping 1 meter or more apart is difficult, the advice is to cover your nose and mouth.


9) COUGHS AND SNEEZES:

Be extra careful to cover your mouth and nose if you must cough or sneeze in a public place. Remember to use your inner elbow to catch any droplets, to avoid contaminating your hands.


10) SHIELDING:

What changed on 6 July?

The government has made some changes to its guidance for people who are shielding because the transmission of COVID-19 in the community has gone down. The changes from 6 July are:

  • you no longer need to socially distance from people you live with;

  • if you want to, you can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households;

  • you may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ should be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only). You can all spend time together outside and inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance;

  • the government support offer has been extended: you can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if you want them, and have registered online by 17 July:

  • If you have been recently advised to shield there is more information on the page below outlining on the support available to you below:

  • the latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. All children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July. A clinical discussion with your paediatric specialist or GP will be needed before any child or young person is removed from the shielded patient list. Health services will be in touch with children and their families over the summer, ahead of the new school term, to discuss what the new evidence means for them personally in the longer term. Families, carers and young people do not need to make immediate contact.