This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a ‘1-metre-plus’ rule. He also announced that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England. Social distancing rules are easing in light of Covid-19 cases continuing to fall. However we need to ensure we don’t precipitate a second spike. In this article, we take you through what this new 1m-plus rule means for everyday life. We also show how this can help us provide first aid training for more people.
What is the 1m-plus rule?
Physical distancing guidelines are still in place and must be observed. However, the size of the difference will change. A “1-metre-plus” approach will mean members of the public can be 1 metre away from each other. as long as other measures are put in place to limit the transmission of the virus. These include wearing a face covering, installing screens, making sure people face away from each other and providing extra handwashing or hand sanitising facilities.
What will reopen?
Households will be able to host visitors, including overnight, and to meet with members of different households, on multiple occasions – including in a pub, restaurant or hotel, for example. When two households can meet indoors, they have to maintain social distancing – unless they were part of the same support bubble or colleagues within the same social bubble.
From 4 July, more outdoor spaces will open if they can prove they are covid-safe, including outdoor gyms and children’s playgrounds. The same goes for libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, hairdressers, funfairs, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks and social clubs.
It remains up to the designated individual businesses whether they choose to open now or later. For those that do open now that they are allowed to do so, these venues will be expected to collect and keep the contact details of visitors, so they can be traced in the event of a local outbreak of the virus.
Johnson said the Scottish and Welsh governments, and the Northern Ireland executive, would relax their own lockdown measures “at their own pace, based on their own judgment” but he believed all countries were moving in the same direction. Government officials welcome the 1m-plus rule to get the economy back moving but stress it remains safer to stay 2 metres apart if that is possible.
Announcing the measures in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson heralded the beginning of the end of “our long national hibernation” and praised the public’s “common sense and perseverance” in abiding by the government’s guidance in recent weeks. However, it is important to remember to stay vigilant to avoid a second spike in covid-19 cases. This would put huge strain on the NHS again.
Click here to read our recent article on the science behind social distancing.
What will remain closed?
Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, nail bars, swimming pools, indoor gyms and soft play centres
Theatres and concert halls will not be able to host live performances. But the prime minister said the government would work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live events as soon as possible
What does this new rule mean for essential First Aid training?
In brief, we are now able to safely welcome more people onto our scheduled and bespoke courses.
We are continuing to adhere to Covid19 social distancing measures with enhanced infection control measures. The safety of your staff and ours is of critical importance despite this lockdown loosening. Everyone will need to adhere to social distancing. So when booking a group course, please provide us with as large a room as possible. We will also be working to extremely strict hygiene and infection control measures to minimise any infection risk.
There will be wipes and hand sanitiser available for all attendees. We ask everyone to clean their hands, on arrival and regularly throughout the day. Especially prior to and after any practical elements. Everyone will receive a personal face shield to use during practical sessions. There are new training methods to allow for social distancing. We request all attendees support and cooperation in maintaining everyone’s health and safety throughout the day. We will also ask everyone to bring a face mask for situations when the recommended distance cannot be adhered to.
To read more about our enhanced infection control measures and classroom set up, click here.
To book a scheduled open course for an individual please click here.
There are also lots of other ways we can help you learn First Aid. Especially if you are shielding or unable to make it to our training room in London. For example, online learning, zoom calls, blended approaches. Read more here.
First Aid for Life provide award-winning first aid training tailored to your needs – Please visit our site and learn more about our practical and online courses. It is vital to keep your skills current and refreshed. We are currently providing essential training for individuals and groups across the UK. In addition, we have a great range of online courses. These are ideal as refreshers for regulated qualifications or as Appointed Person qualifications.
You can attend a fully regulated Practical or Online First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit https://firstaidforlife.org.uk or call 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses.
First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning, fully regulated first aid training provider. Our trainers are highly experienced medical, health and emergency services professionals who will tailor the training to your needs. Courses for groups or individuals at our venue or yours.
First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.