We know that many people are watching the unfolding situation with coronavirus and COVID-19 and are concerned about the impact the virus and illness might have in Bristol and Knowle West.
The team behind the Knowledge, knowlewest.co.uk and Knowle West Alliance want to make sure we provide access to accurate online information, and do what we can to ensure that no one in Knowle West feels isolated, scared or unsupported during this changing time.
The situation is rapidly evolving and the websites below are often updated on a daily basis, but we hope the information will be a helpful starting point for you.
The Knowle West Alliance Facebook page will be posting regular updates.
See the latest information from 5 January on the Government’s new lockdown guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Shielding programme is ending on 31 March 2021
Shielding = people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable who are advised to take additional action to prevent themselves from coming into contact with the virus. This group has been strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum (for instance once per day and remain outdoors).
The Government shielding programme ends on 31 March.
This change in the guidance might make people anxious. It’s really important at this time to be patient with one another and ourselves, and move slowly and cautiously towards easing restrictions.
The City Council is encouraging everyone to follow the public health guidance in Bristol and those who have been shielding to be extra vigilant by:
• working from home where possible
• minimising social contact with people outside of your household or support bubble
• avoiding car sharing with people from outside your household or support bubble and making sure you wear a face covering when using taxis
• going to the shops or pharmacy at quieter times of day
If you have been shielding, you will be contacted by letter or email about these changes. In the meantime, if you need help and support, call the free We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184.
|Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – GOV.UK|
This guidance is for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers.
“COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.”
The NHS website explains:
- the symptoms of coronavirus
- ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for everyone to help slow the spread of the virus
- groups that are particularly at risk
- ‘stay at home’ guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – sometimes referred to as ‘self isolation’.
Get free regular rapid tests
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have isolated yourself at home, and you need medical advice, you can use the online NHS coronavirus 111 service. If you can’t get the help you need via this website, you can call 111.
Regular rapid (lateral flow) testing is now available to everybody in Bristol without COVID-19 symptoms.
You can collect up to 14 tests at a time from one of our collection points, listed under ‘guide to rapid testing’ on our website.
You can download COVID-19 rapid home test kit instructions from the GOV.UK website. Once you have your test result, you must report it within 24 hours on GOV.UK website under ‘report COVID-19 result’ or by calling 119.
If your test result is positive, you need to:
- self-isolate immediately
- book a follow-up PCR test (which is analysed in a laboratory) on GOV.UK website by searching for ‘coronavirus’ or by calling 119
Support is available to you if you need to self-isolate. You may be eligible for payment, find out more about NHS Test and Trace Support Payment on our website. If you need help to get food or do other essential tasks, call the free We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184.
The GOV.UK website outlines how the UK government is responding the developing situation. It also contains links to other websites and statistics about the number of coronavirus cases in the UK.
You can use the Travel Advice part of the site to view guidance for each country, including whether the FCO advises against travel there at the moment.
Employees, Businesses & Benefits
If you are concerned about the impact that the coronavirus could have on your job, business or benefits, you can visit the GOV.UK website. It contains information about:
- Changes to Job Centre appointments
- Those already claiming support
- Those who need to make a new claim for financial support
- Employees and self-employed people, such as Sick Pay
- Businesses, such as business support
Bristol schools re-opened from 8 March 2021.
Bristol City Council’s website has a section providing information about the status of city schools.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak there may be some changes and disruption to public transport services. Up to date information from local transport providers can be found by following the links below.
Mental Health Support
If concerns or worries about coronavirus are having a negative effect on your mental health, there is advice available online from charities and organisations that specialise in supporting people’s health and wellbeing.
The order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.
For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse – it is important to remember there is help and support available to you. Guidance is also available to help perpetrators change their behaviour.
The government supports and funds a number of charities who are able to provide advice and guidance and is in regular contact with the charity sector and police to ensure these support services remain open during this challenging time.
If you are well and able to offer support to people in Knowle West who are self-isolating, there are a number of things you can do. Visit the Help Your Community section for more info.