Press release: Call to sign up for flood warnings as up to 80% of Lincolnshire coastal communities yet to fully register

first_img The completion of our £7m LBM coastal flood scheme will help us continue to protect and reduce flood risk for tens of thousands of people and their properties. This scheme extends the life of our sea defences by protecting them from the energy of the waves as they impact on the coast. Although we work around the clock to reduce flood risk to Lincolnshire’s coastal communities, the risk can never be completely eliminated. Our latest figures show that many people on Lincolnshire’s coast are yet to sign up for flood warnings – warnings that could give them vital information and time to prepare and act for flooding. We urge people in Lincolnshire’s coastal communities to sign up to our free flood warning service now by visiting or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. The Environment Agency has today urged residents on the Lincolnshire coast to sign up for flood warnings, as its flagship £7m Lincolnshire coastal flood scheme wraps up for this year.Over the course of the £7m Lincolnshire Beach Management (LBM) scheme, the EA’s contractors pumped around 400,000 cubic metres of sand onto Lincolnshire’s coastal beaches. This sand helps to protect people and their properties by reducing flood risk and damage to the sea defences along the coast. The added sand acts as a buffer between the sea and the defences, taking out the brunt of the wave energy, thereby extending the lifespan of the EA’s defences.Restoring sand levels that are naturally lost to the sea over the year helps the EA reduce flood risk to over 20,000 homes and businesses, 24,500 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land.But although the EA has staff working around the clock to protect people and their property from flooding, the risk of flooding can never be completely eliminated. That’s why the EA is calling for residents in coastal communities to sign up for its free flood warning service.The latest figures show that thousands of people who live in ‘at risk communities’ along the Lincolnshire coast are still yet to sign up – with the percentage of residents fully registered for warnings in key communities like Skegness as low as 22%.Flood warnings give people valuable information and time to prepare for flooding, and the EA’s free service enables residents to choose how they’d like to receive warnings and alerts. Although some residents will be enrolled automatically through their telephone provider, they can sign up fully by online or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also make a flood plan here so they know what to do to prepare, act and survive.Mark Robinson, senior flood risk advisor for the Environment Agency, said:last_img read more

Detailed guide: North West of England: local restrictions

first_img (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Welsh) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Somali) Keeping yourself and others safeSocial distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.You should follow this guidance in full to limit spreading COVID-19. It is underpinned by law.Face coveringsYou must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.If you are clinically extremely vulnerableIf you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.We do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others.Asymptomatic testingRapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.Find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow testsTesting twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you.If you have symptoms you should continue to get a PCR test. If you’re not sure, you can find out which coronavirus test you should get.Meeting family and friends indoorsYou must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6)You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either: in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) PDF, 9MB, 49 pages dental services opticians audiology services chiropody chiropractors osteopaths other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Farsi) PDF, 235KB, 35 pages You should follow the guidance on working in other people’s homes.Where a work meeting does not need to take place in a private home or garden, it should not.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable or live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerableIf you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable then you should continue to work from home where possible. If you cannot work from home, you can go to your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work. Some employers may introduce regular testing of employees as part of these measures. You may also want to consider how you get to and from work, for example, if it is possible to avoid using public transport during rush hour.If you live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable then you can continue to go to work if you are unable to work from home.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including what to do to reduce your risk of catching or passing on the virus at home.If you are worried about going in to work or you cannot workThere is guidance if you need to self-isolate or cannot go to work due to coronavirus and what to do if you’re employed and cannot work.Citizens Advice has advice if you’re worried about working, including what to do if you think your workplace is not safe, or if you live with someone vulnerable.Support is available if you cannot work, for example if you need to care for someone or you have less work.There is further advice for employers and employees from ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).Going to school or collegeSchool pupils and students in further education should go to school and college.All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching during term time. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and to help working parents and guardians.Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should go to school or college.There is further guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.Rapid lateral flow testing is now available for free for everyone in England. It is recommended for all secondary school pupils and college students, their families and all school and college staff.See the guidance on how you can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).Universities and higher educationStudents in university and other higher education settings undertaking practical and practice based courses who require specialist equipment and facilities can go to in-person teaching and learning where reasonably necessary. Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online.All other students should continue to learn remotely and remain where they’re living until in-person teaching starts again, wherever possible. Following a review, the government has announced that in-person teaching and learning should resume for all students alongside Step 3, which will take place no earlier than 17 May.Students who have returned to higher education settings, including university, should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time, unless they meet one of the exemptions.Higher education students who have moved to university accommodation will be able to return to a non-term residence before 29 April 2021, if they wish to. This will allow university students to return to a family or other address for the holidays. However, in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, students should remain in their term time accommodation where possible, especially those students who returned to campus from 8 March. Students should take a test before they travel.There is guidance for universities and students starting and returning to higher education.Students should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 at all times.ChildcareAll children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.Parent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors, with restrictions on numbers attending. See the parent and child groups section of this guidance.Meeting others for childcarePeople can continue to gather indoors or in larger groups outdoors where this is reasonably necessary: for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children, see further information on education and childcare for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them to place or facilitate the placing of a child or children in the care of another by social services for the purpose of managing childcare through a childcare bubble This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. See the guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in EnglandAdvice for visitors and foreign nationals in EnglandForeign nationals are subject to the national restrictions.If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.Moving homeYou can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless reasonably necessary.Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.Financial supportWherever you live, you may be able to get financial help.See further information on business support and financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.Businesses and venuesTo reduce social contact, some businesses must remain closed or follow restrictions on how they provide goods and services. You can read the full list of businesses required to remain closed in England.There is further guidance on reopening businesses and venues which explains which business will be permitted to open at each step of the roadmap.From 12 April, further venues will be permitted to open. Unless a specific exemption exists, you must only visit these as a single household or bubble indoors, or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen. Hospitality venues can also provide takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use an inside bathroom and customers can order and pay indoors. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). Venues will be prohibited from providing smoking equipment such as shisha pipes, for use on the premises.Outdoor attractions at venues such as animal attractions, theme parks, and skating rinks will also be permitted to reopen. A full list can be found here. This does not include outdoor cinemas and theatres, which will be limited to drive-in performances only. When going to these events, you must not share your vehicle with anyone outside your household or support bubble, unless there is an exemption, such as for providing care to a vulnerable person or for work purposes.Businesses which are allowed to re-open that operate in otherwise closed attractions (such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at an indoor museum) may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.Personal care services (including those provided from a mobile setting), indoor sports facilities, self-contained accommodation, and public buildings (such as community centres) may also reopen.Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances.Healthcare and public servicesThe NHS and medical services remain open, including: You can also provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people inside someone’s home, where necessary. However, you must only meet indoors or in a larger group where it is reasonably necessary to provide care or assistance. This means you cannot meet socially indoors with someone who is vulnerable unless they are in your household or support bubble, or another exemption applies.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times. There is further guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.Support groupsSupport groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where officially organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. Support groups must be organised by a business, charity or public body and must not take place in a private home or garden. All participants should maintain social distancing. Examples of support groups include those that provide support to: PDF, 328KB, 32 pages The limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian. Gatherings above the limit can take place where reasonably necessary for work or volunteering. Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering to facilitate the group), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.Exercise, sport and physical activityYou can do unlimited exercise outdoors but there are limits on the number of people you can exercise with. It can be either: PDF, 328KB, 29 pages victims of crime (including domestic abuse) those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour those with, or caring for people with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable (including those with a mental health condition) those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity (including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) those who have suffered bereavement vulnerable young people (including to enable them to meet youth workers) disabled people and their carers theory tests motorcycle tests LGV driving tests car and trailer driving tests If you need to enter through a house to get to a garden or other outside space and there is no alternative access, you should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands when entering, and then go straight to the outside space. If you need to use the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly and go back outside immediately. You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, and hosts should follow fresh air (ventilation) guidance.When you can meet with more people or meet indoorsGatherings above the limit of 6 people or 2 households outdoors, or any gatherings indoors, can only take place if they are permitted by an exemption. These exemptions are listed on this page.This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaking the limit if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.Support and childcare bubblesYou have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble. See the separate guidance on support bubbles and childcare bubbles.You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare. You cannot use a childcare bubble to mix with another household for any other reason. This means you cannot use a childcare bubble to meet socially with another household.Going to workYou should continue to work from home where you can.If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. You do not need to be classed as a critical worker to go to work if you cannot work from home.Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working. Where people cannot work from home, employers should take steps to make their workplaces COVID-19 secure and help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.COVID-secure guidelines are available for sectors across the economy to substantially reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.See guidance for reopening businesses and venuesMeeting others for workYou can gather in larger groups or meet indoors where it is necessary for your work. This does not include social gatherings with work colleagues.Working in other people’s homesWhere it is reasonably necessary for you to work in other people’s homes you can continue to do so, for example if you’re a: Jobcentre Plus sites courts and probation services civil registrations offices passport and visa services services provided to victims of crime waste or recycling centres getting an MOT You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare and cannot use it to mix with another household for any other reason (for example to socialise). You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a childcare bubble. See the separate guidance on childcare bubbles.Parent and child groupsParent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors (but not in private homes or gardens) if they are for the benefit of children aged under 5 and organised by a business, charity or public body. This includes groups that are primarily focused on social and developmental activities.Parent and child groups must be limited to no more than 15 people. Children under five and anyone working or volunteering as part of the group, such as a group leader, are not counted in this number.Support groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their childrenSupport groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their children, such as breastfeeding or postnatal groups, which have to be delivered in person may continue to meet indoors, but must follow the same rules as other support groups. See the support groups section of this guidance.Providing care or assistanceYou can continue to gather in larger groups or meet indoors where this is reasonably necessary: 12 April: What’s changedSome of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.From 12 April: Additional exemptionsThere are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may gather in larger groups or meet indoors: nanny cleaner tradesperson social care worker providing support to children and families The NHS continues to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely. It is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and gets help.The majority of public services will continue. These include: PDF, 346KB, 32 pages (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Hindi) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Bengali) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Gurmukhi) a British national an Irish national anyone with residence rights in the UK Large print, easy read and translations to fulfil legal obligations to carry out activities related to buying, selling or moving house for the purpose of COVID-secure protests or picketing where the organiser has taken the required precautions, including completing a risk assessment where it is reasonably necessary to support voting in an election or referendum (such as vote counting or for legal observers). on your own in a group of up to 6 people in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and their support bubbles, if eligible) You should follow the guidance: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Urdu) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Shahmukhi) Driving lessons and learning to driveDriving tests and driving lessons may resume. Further guidance on learning to drive during coronavirus is available.You will be able to restart: You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.Indoor leisure facilities may open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.You must not meet indoors for sport, except for: The following types of tests will restart: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (easy read) If you’re in a support bubbleIf you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.Where you can meetYou can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors. This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that are open. These include the following: visit someone who is dying visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospital or hospice to accompany a family member or close friend to a medical appointment. car driving lessons car and trailer driving lessons large goods vehicle (LGV) training driving instructor training If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Request an accessible format. to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one) to provide informal childcare for children aged 13 or under as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, not to enable socialising between adults) to provide emergency assistance to go to a support group of up to 15 participants, the limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a disabled person, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child to provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people, including shopping for essential items and accessing services on their behalf non-essential retail can reopen personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number) weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test) you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Arabic) This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. You must follow the social contact rules when travelling in private vehicles. This means you must not share enclosed private vehicles with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless an exemption exists, such as you are sharing the vehicle with someone working (e.g. a taxi). Where a vehicle is open air, you must follow the outdoor gathering limits.There is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.Travelling within the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel IslandsTravelling to EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel to England.You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel from before making arrangements to travel.Provided you are permitted to travel from another part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), you may enter England and are not required to quarantine on arrival. If you do travel to England, you must follow the restrictions on what you can and cannot do.Travelling from EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel from England. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel.Travelling to or from Northern IrelandCurrently in Northern Ireland it is against the law to leave home without a reasonable excuse. Those arriving into Northern Ireland from another part of the Common Travel Area are asked to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. There are a number of exemptions to this request.Travelling to or from ScotlandNon-essential travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK, and the wider Common Travel Area, remains restricted. This means it is illegal to enter or leave Scotland unless you have a reasonable excuse. Travelling for a holiday is not a reasonable excuse. The guidance provides advice on reasonable excuses to travel to and from Scotland.Travelling to or from WalesThere are no restrictions in place for travel into or out of Wales as long as you are travelling within the UK or wider Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area, there may be rules in place that restrict travel from Wales. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave Wales to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel. The guidance provides advice on travelling to and from Wales.International travelTravelling internationally from EnglandYou can only travel internationally from England where you have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK, such as work. International holidays are not permitted.Some jobs qualify for exemptions for certain travel related requirements, such as self isolation and testing. See guidance on which jobs and circumstances qualify for travel exemptions.If you do need to travel overseas (and have a reasonable excuse to do so), you are required to complete a mandatory outbound ‘Declaration to Travel’ form unless an exemption applies to you. You must state your reasons for travel on the form before leaving the UK.You should also consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting. You should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. You should do this even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before.Travelling to England from outside the UKAll visitors to England are subject to the coronavirus restriction rules.People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK. Before travelling to the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, unless you are exempt.All arrivals will need to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. Arrivals must book a travel test package. See the guidance on how to quarantine when you arrive in England.You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days, unless you’re: walk or cycle where possible you must not share a car with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless your journey is made for an exempt reason plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport regularly wash or sanitise your hands wear a face covering on public transport, unless you’re exempt stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors) PDF, 373KB, 36 pages PDF, 331KB, 33 pages on recreational team sport on outdoor sport and recreation in England for providers of grassroots sports and gym and leisure facilities PDF, 369KB, 26 pages Find out more about the red list travel ban countriesEveryone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days must: parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests public and botanical gardens the grounds of a heritage site outdoor sculpture parks allotments public playgrounds outdoor sports venues and facilities outdoor hospitality venues outdoor attractions (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Gujarati) PDF, 341KB, 32 pages If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. kitchens sleeping areas bathrooms indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors for entry and exit into the accommodation PDF, 262KB, 32 pages (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Slovak) Request an accessible format. PDF, 348KB, 36 pages PDF, 282KB, 33 pages PDF, 300KB, 36 pages Elite sportspeopleElite sportspeople (or those on an official elite sports pathway) can meet in larger groups or meet indoors to compete and train. They can be joined by their coaches if necessary, or their parents and guardians if they’re under 18.Funerals and linked commemorative eventsFunerals are allowed with limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor places. The venue manager or event organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and may take place indoors. Linked religious or belief-based commemorative events, such as wakes, stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is guidance for arranging or going to a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptionsNo more than 15 people (of any age) can be at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.Places of worshipYou can go to places of worship for a service. When a service is taking place indoors you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain social distancing at all times, staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.When a service is taking place outdoors, you must not mingle in groups larger than 6, except for groups from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible). You should maintain strict social distancing from other groups and households at all times.You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.Volunteering and charitable servicesYou can gather above the limit of 6 people or 2 households, or gather indoors, where this is reasonably necessary in order to provide voluntary or charitable services.You should follow the guidance on Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19).Other circumstances where you can gather in groups of more than six people or two householdsMaternityYou can be indoors with someone who is giving birth or receiving treatment in hospital. You should check the relevant hospital’s visiting policies. There is further NHS guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus.Avoiding injury or harmYou can gather in larger groups or indoors to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (including domestic abuse).Compassionate visitsYou can gather in larger groups or indoors, with people outside your household or support bubble, to: Further guidance on hotels and other guest accommodation is available for self-contained holiday accommodation that is able to reopen.A full list of reasons can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.Travelling within EnglandYou should continue to minimise the amount you travel where possible. This means you should avoid making unnecessary trips and combine trips where possible.If you need to travel: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Polish) disability sport sports with your household or support bubble sports as part of the curriculum in education supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), this should be limited to 15 participants (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (large print) quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining, the tests are included in the hotel package follow the guidance on this page Those who are campaigning for a specific outcome in elections or referendums can carry out door-to-door campaigning activity in accordance with guidance on elections and referendums during COVID-19.You can gather in larger groups or meet indoors for gatherings within criminal justice accommodation or immigration detention centres.If you break the rulesThe police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.You can be fined £800 if you go to a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can fine you £10,000.Care home visitsYou should check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Residents must follow the national restrictions if they are having a visit out of the care home.There is separate guidance for people in supported living.Staying away from home overnightYou can stay overnight in a campsite, caravan, boat, second home, or other self-contained accommodation. This should only be with your household or support bubble. You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.Self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen. This is accommodation in which facilities are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. Such facilities include: PDF, 365KB, 38 pageslast_img read more

Dell EMC OEM Marine Solutions Help Power Defense Vessels

first_imgWith advanced vessels ranging from patrol boats to multi-purpose frigates and amphibious ships plus a fleet of high-tech helicopters, navies need reliable, high-performance technology solutions that fit into the tightest of spots, can cope with tough conditions and keep the crew smiling!Presenting the marine-grade PowerEdge XR2Take the latest marine-certified addition to the Dell EMC OEM PowerEdge family – the XR2. Part of our latest family of 14th generation servers, the XR2 offers the latest and greatest industry-first security features and enhanced systems management. This server is ideal for naval vessels, where you can’t use a standard-sized server due to space limitations or tough conditions, but you still need reliability and a lot of compute power, close to the action.Light, tough and resistantLet’s look at the physical side first. The XR2 measures just 52.5 cm (20.67 inches) rack depth and is lightweight at a maximum weight of 13kg (28lbs). It is resistant to shock and vibration plus capable of operating in temperatures of up to 45 degrees C° (113F°). In fact, it can tolerate 55 degrees C° for up to eight hours. Compliant with DNV, IEC 60945, and MIL-STD-810G, the XR2 has optional, rugged sliding rails for installation in standard four-post racks or in transit cases.All in a day’s workOf course, navies use the world’s most sophisticated surveillance and intelligence gathering systems to identify threats and maintain strategic superiority.Perhaps, you’re running covert naval surveillance operations while having to contend with vibrations caused by waves and high winds? Alternatively, you might be part of the navy’s regional security and international peacekeeping or disaster-relief operations. Maybe, you’re rescuing people at sea, protecting shipping or preventing illegal fishing and drug-running?Analytics at the EdgeWithout a server, you have no way of filtering data, making calculations on the fly, or conducting analytics at the edge. Everything must go back to the data centre, resulting in delays, possible security concerns and negative impact to cost, bandwidth, latency and storage. The good news is that in all these scenarios, the XR2 rises beautifully to the challenge.Additional authenticationIn addition to the standard PowerEdge security features, a common access card reader on the XR2 provides additional authentication. All you need do is simply remove the common access card reader and the server is immediately rendered useless with all the data automatically encrypted.We all know a picture paints a thousand words so let’s look at a couple of real-world examples of technology in action.It’s good to connectOne customer offers a VoIP-based switching solution for naval communication, delivering future-ready voice and data communications. In this instance, all of the switching functions are implemented in software, hosted on the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 and Dell EMC Storage Virtual Rack MD3 OEMR platforms.Monitoring the vibrationsCarried on some naval vessels, Delta RIBs are 7m long high speed boats, used to board other ships. For health and safety reasons, one of our naval customers monitors the vibrations its team is exposed to when working on the RIB. Each individual wears an individual sensor pack, which connects wirelessly to a Dell Edge Gateway, which is located on the RIB and powered by the boat’s battery. The Gateway collects the vibration metrics from each sensor pack, logs it and calculates the vibrations experienced by each individual.Ensuring maritime securityIn the marketplace, we are also seeing that navies are increasingly using the power of IT technology to ensure maritime security. Countries like Italy and France are upgrading their fleets and investing in the European multi-purpose frigate (FREMM), which provides the latest in navigation systems and weaponry.In Italy, for example, our systems integrator partner, Irene is using our Embedded Box PC 5000 to help naval technology experts use the latest x64 technology in state-of-the-art radar and navigation systems. Recognising the limited space available on board, our combined solution is four times more compact than the standard naval-grade option while still delivering over four times greater workstation performance.Dell EMC OEM is proud to work with navies around the world to help secure staff safety, improve communications and support maritime security.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Marine Solutions, visit: Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & Iot Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

South Carolina mayor leaving office, but maybe not forever

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city and one of the state’s highest-profile Democrats will not seek a fourth term in office. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin tells The Associated Press he wants to focus now on his law practice and family. But he is leaving the door open for a possible return to politics. Benjamin was elected in 2010 as Columbia’s first Black mayor. His national star within the Democratic Party has been on the rise with his service as president of both the the U.S. Conference of Mayors and African American Mayors Association.last_img read more

Switchback Results: Hunters & Hikers

first_imgIllustration by Wade Mickley.Should hikers and hunters share the same trails?Yes: 48%As a hiker, I’d rather have year-round access to the trails, hiking in bright orange, than be forced to stay away for lack of a weapon and permit.—Reed Leonard, Auburn, Ga.Shooting or hunting directly from the trail should be discouraged. However, making it illegal to hunt from a trail isn’t going to make hiking or biking in hunter-filled woods any safer.Educating hunters and other trail users is the best compromise. Hunters need to be sure of their shots, and everything that is beyond their targets. Other people using the woods during hunting season need to wear blaze orange and take responsibility for being seen.And we shouldn’t forget: hunters pay fees which help support the wild areas we all enjoy. There’s room out there for all of us. Let’s share.—Charles Garratt, Warm Springs, Va.I hike, bike, trail run, fish, and hunt. If not for hunters and fishermen, we would not have the amount of protected lands that we have today. Hunters are hikers, too.—Lee, Madison, Ind.No: 52%Why do hunters get priority over all other user groups for several months each year? Hikers pay recreation fees, too. While it’s true that we don’t pay for permits, we also don’t kill the wildlife or litter the forest with bullets and shells. Hikers and bikers do most of the trail maintenance on our public lands, too. We have just as much right to hike them—even during hunting season. Hikers bring tourism, trail crews, forest health, and long-term forest protection; hunters scare people away, kill wildlife, leave lead shells all over the forest, and give nothing back except their permit fees.—Mike Honeycutt, Atlanta, Ga.There is too much room for error. Runners, hikers, and bikers will just scare away whatever the hunters are hunting, and they may be mistaken for a deer or other wildlife. It’s too much of a safety issue.—Sal Coll, Dayton, Tenn.It may be rare for a non-hunter to be injured, but I like “never” better. Also, I shouldn’t have to wear bright colors to protect myself. When hiking I like to blend into the natural world sometimes. We all need to know the rules and regulations and behave in a responsible manner, on trail and off.—Gina, Henrico, Va.I think it is too dangerous for hikers and hunters to share the same areas at the same times. I do think hunters should have access to the backcountry, just not at the same time as hikers.—Susan Oehler, Washington, D.C.last_img read more

WHO team predicts novel H1N1 may spread like 20th century pandemics

first_imgMay 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A rapid assessment team from the World Health Organization (WHO) today predicted that the novel H1N1 (swine flu) virus may spread similarly to 20th century pandemics, but said it’s too early to gauge the future impact on human health.In making their modeling projections, the group used surveillance data from Mexico, focusing on La Gloria, Veracruz, where the outbreak is believed to have started in mid February, sickening over half of the village’s population. The research team published its findings in an early online edition of Science.”Our early analysis would suggest that this is going to be an outbreak comparable to that of 20th century pandemics regarding the extent of its spread—it’s very difficult to quantify the human health impact at this stage, however,” said senior author Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London in a statement released by Science.Though the authors cautioned that the data on the outbreak are incomplete and many uncertainties remain, they wrote that providing an early picture of the outbreak can help governments and health organizations guide policy decisions such as closing schools and deploying other community mitigation measures.As of May 5, Mexico had reported 11,357 suspected and 822 laboratory-confirmed cases, which likely underestimates the true impact of the epidemic, given the surveillance focus on severe cases, the group wrote. Calculating back from the number of infections in travelers, they estimated the number of people infected in Mexico by late April varied between 18,000 and 32,000.At a media briefing today, Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) science and public health program, said the number of cases in the United States also is likely the “tip of the iceberg,” because testing has focused on confirming the more serious cases.With 9 confirmed and 92 suspected deaths in Mexico reported by Apr 30, the team estimated, using the interval-censored case count model, that the case-fatality rate ranged from 0.3% to 0.6%, a figure that the WHO used when it discussed raising the pandemic alert phase from 4 to 5. The team wrote that the severity seems less than the 1918 influenza pandemic and comparable to the milder one that occurred in 1957.In making their transmissibility projection, the group used diversity in genetic sequences from confirmed cases to guide their analysis rather than focusing on the La Gloria outbreak.Using a Bayesian coalescent model, assuming exponential viral population growth, the team estimated the outbreak began on or around Jan 12, 2009 (with a 95% credible interval of Nov 3, 2008 to Mar 2, 2009). The finding is consistent with the epidemiologic investigation of the outbreak’s start and magnitude, they wrote.Using different methods, they estimated the reproductive number (RO), a key measure of transmissibility, to range from 1.4 to 1.6. The Science statement said those estimates are similar to or lower than those for the pandemics of 1918, 1957, and 1968. However, a genetic analysis produced an RO estimate of 1.2, consistent with sustained human-to-human transmission in Mexico.The group reported that their transmissibility estimates are at the low end of ranges used in earlier computer simulations to study pandemic mitigation strategies, meaning the resulting conclusions could be relevant to the current epidemic.”However, the key trade-off remains the balancing of the economic and societal cost of interventions such as school closure, against the number of lives saved through such measures,” they suggested. Health officials might also have to weigh large-scale antiviral prophylaxis, where stockpiles are available, against the possible development of antiviral resistance.They cautioned that current estimates of disease severity aren’t robust enough to evaluate the trade-offs, but they said estimates will become more certain in coming weeks as more data on severe cases in the United States and other countries become available.To fine-tune the pubic health response, authorities will need detailed investigations of transmission in households and schools, regular and reliable access to electronic medical records, and better information about incubation and infectious periods, the team wrote.Researchers will be combing through the data for more clinical severity clues and to detect potential regional variations. “As the epidemic spreads further, it is likely that severity will vary from country to country depending on healthcare resources and the public health measures adopted to mitigate impact,” they concluded.High-quality epidemiologic data, combined with analysis and modeling, are useful tools for exploring other issues such as existence of any cross-immunity, whether the new strain will displace circulating influenza A subtypes, and if reduced seasonal transmission in North America and Europe is playing a role in the current moderate transmissibility.Fraser C, Connelly CA, Cauchemez S, et al. Pandemic potential of a novel strain of influenza A (H1N1): early findings. Science 2009 May 11; early online edition [Abstract]last_img read more

Romantic footballer proposes to stunning Wag during quarantine

first_img Loading… One of the pictures shows Junior down on one knee, presenting a ring to his partner with his right hand and holding their daughter Aylen’s hand with his left hand. Parralo Macias smiles and looks at the ring and also holds her daughter’s hand. Another picture shows the couple kissing with the young Aylen looking at them as Parralo Macias says yes to her fella’s proposal. Lago, who is from the Ivory Coast, wrote alongside the images: “Well, my love, I had a different plan with family, friends and others but the circumstances have forced me to change the place and the company. “We have been through a lot together. We have lived through a lot of bad moments but we’ve known how to change that pain and suffering into marvellous moments, laughs, trips, meals and a life together how we wanted. “I knew this time would arrive at one point in my life. I knew it would be you since the moment I saw you with that precious smile. “I knew one day I would be in front of you with my knee on the ground taking a ring out of pocket to ask you to MARRY ME… To ask you to accompany me for the rest of my life. “I am making it a reality because it is what I want with you, to spend each and every single one of my days next to you and next to our daughter. I love you, my love.” Junior has played for Mallorca since 2016 after he was sold by Spanish second-tier side CD Mirandes for a reported £270,000. Read Also:Euro 2020 postponed until next summer amid worldwide coronavirus Football in Spain was rocked earlier today when it was announced a 21-year-old coach had died from coronavirus. Almost 300 people have died in Spain since the Covid-19 outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mallorca forward, Lago Junior, 29, made the moment public after posting pictures showing the moment he popped the question to stunning Fabiola Parralo Macias. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madelast_img read more

Reading and QPR relegated

first_img Reading boss Nigel Adkins had remained positive ahead of the game while his QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp had seemingly already accepted his side’s fate and both will now spend the summer building teams to fight for promotion straight back into the Premier League. Reading arguably started the better of two sides who were obviously nervous but they could not test QPR goalkeeper Robert Green. The visitors got back into the game and both Jermaine Jenas and Esteban Granero went close to putting Rangers ahead, with the latter clipping the crossbar from a free-kick. While their fans vented their anger at former manager Mark Hughes the QPR players were still trying to prise open the Reading defence. Stephane Mbia played a perfect ball into Jay Bothroyd whose lofted effort beat Alex McCarthy but dropped just wide of the post. With half an hour on the clock Reading had still yet to force Green into a noticeable save. But the former England goalkeeper had a scare as Jobi McAnuff chased a weak pass back from Jose Bosingwa and Green’s kick hit the on-rushing Reading captain before flying behind for a goal-kick. Adel Taarabt side-footed wide from outside of the box before Bothroyd’s clever backheel found Armand Traore, whose shot was deflected wide. Seven minutes before the break Adrian Mariappa and Pavel Pogrebnyak almost bundled Reading into the lead but QPR kept the ball out through a combination of Green and Bosingwa. Taarabt had another great opportunity to put Redknapp’s side ahead after he exchanged passes with Loic Remy seven minutes after the re-start but he fluffed his lines. The Morocco international was guilty of placing another shot wide moments later with Adkins introducing Hal Robson-Kanu from the bench in his search to unlock the QPR defence. Green tipped a later Sean Morrison header over the bar and Bothroyd forced McCarthy into a smart low save but neither team provided a moment of class to collect all three points with both clubs sharing the spoils and the heartache of relegation. In a game bereft of quality both sides were guilty of wasting the few chances that fell their way as they both bowed out of the top flight with a whimper. A win for either would have kept them mathematically in the hunt for survival and relegated the losers, whereas the draw condemned both clubs to the npower Championship. Reading and QPR have both been relegated from the Barclays Premier League after they drew 0-0 at the Madejski Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fraser-Pryce makes shortlist for Female Athlete-of-the-Year award

first_imgJAMAICA sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has predictably been named to a shortlist for the 2019 IAAF Female World Athlete-of-the-Year award.The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce set the track alight at the Doha World Championships, this year, after clocking 10.71 to claim a fourth 100m world title.The diminutive athlete is back to the peak of her powers after taking time off to have her first child two years ago. Fraser-Pryce’s winning time was the fastest in the world over the distance this year, edging out compatriot Elaine Thompson’s 10.73.Joining the Jamaican on the overall list of 11 athletes is Beatrice Chepkoech, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Sifan Hassan, Brigid Kosgei, Mariya Lasitskene, Malaika Mihambo, Dalilah Muhammad, Salwa Eid Naser, Hellen Obiri and Yulimar Rojas.Fraser-Pryce, who won the award in 2013 after claiming the sprint double at the Moscow World Championships, will face stiff competition for the top prize.Muhammad broke the world record with 52.20 at the US Championships and went on to improve that mark to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16. She then added the 4x400m title to her accolades.Hasan claimed the world 1500m and 10 000m titles in Doha with world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62. She also won the IAAF Diamond League 1500m and 5 000m titles in addition to breaking the world mile record with 4:12.33.Bahrain’s Eid Naser won the world 400m title in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history. She also won the Diamond League title and three gold medals at the Asian Championships.last_img read more

Kobelt’s success in doubles guides Syracuse to 1st win of season

first_imgMaddie Kobelt embraced the moment of success by hugging her doubles teammate Valeria Salazar. Then, she left the court to a wave of high-fives from Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross and interim head coach Shelley George.The senior had just delivered the biggest set of her final season with the Orange — a take down of Virginia Tech in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (9-7), for the team’s first doubles victory of the day.And Kobelt realized that the momentum led the team to its first win of the season.“I think that really carried over into singles for all the girls,” she said. “This was the first time we won the doubles point all season and half of the work (to the win) was already done.”Kobelt and Salazar faced the pressure of victory against the Hokies’ top pairing of Francesca Fusinato and Raluca Mita, and its win helped the Orange (1-8, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) to a 5-2 win over Virginia Tech (8-4, 2-2) at Drumlins Country Club on Friday. And although Syracuse would fall to No. 3 Virginia (8-2, 3-0) 6-1 on Saturday, its success in doubles in the weekend’s first match is something the team can build on moving forward. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Maddie has been spectacular,” George said. “Honestly, the last three matches she has come out to fight and has believed in herself. She was just on fire.”Early on, Fusinato and Mita showed why they are the top duo for the 48th-ranked Hokies. They were aggressive at the point of attack, forcing Salazar to make the big move to keep the Orange competitive in the match.At first, the tactic was successful. Salazar was unable to provide consistency when serving and was on the receiving end of quick and hard serves by the Hokies attack.But Salazar held her own, hitting a big serve down 5-4 in the tiebreaker that caused a weak return and allowed Kobelt to easily put it away at the net. “I think she handled herself very well,” Kobelt said of Salazar’s performance. “All season, we have been playing together and she has been rock solid. You live and die as a team together.”It became clear that the freshman was ready to handle the challenges of the tiebreaker. But if the Orange wanted to secure the lead in doubles, Kobelt needed to become the difference maker in the closing moments.She was aware that Virginia Tech was in position to avoid the blown lead in the tiebreaker and earn critical doubles point. So Kobelt used her powerful serves late in the match to propel the Orange over the top pairing. George wasn’t surprised by Kobelt’s performance. She had nothing but praise for her most reliable player after the match. Syracuse had secured the doubles point over the Hokies, which provided momentum for the winless Orange.And it continued in singles as Kobelt matched up against Fusinato, a freshman who was sulking on the Virginia Tech bench following the loss moments earlier.Kobelt had the psychological advantage after the hard-fought victory in doubles. It showed when she defeated Fusinato in their singles match after two sets, 6-4, 6-3. George was ecstatic to finally see her team gain the edge in doubles and follow up with the success in singles. “It’s been our goal this season to win the doubles point,” George said. “We just feel if we get that momentum coming off the doubles point, it makes things a lot easier going into our singles matches.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2014 at 10:58 pmlast_img read more