On Friday 24th July it became law that people (shoppers, etc) must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandanna – in a lot more indoor places.
This is as well as washing our hands and being careful to social distance.
Where Do We Have to Wear a Face Covering?
Face Coverings must now be worn in:
when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops, and
public transport hubs e.g. indoor train stations and terminals, airports, sea and river ports, and indoor bus and coach stations or terminals.
We must also keep on wearing face coverings in hospitals and when we are travelling on public transport: trains, buses and coaches.
2. Where Don’t We Have to Wear a Face Covering?
You won’t have to wear a face covering in the following venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19. These include:
hairdressers and close-contact services,
eat-in restaurants, cafes and pubs (but you will in cafes or take-away restaurants when you aren’t going to eating there),
entertainment venues, including cinemas, concert halls and theatres,
visitor attractions (such as heritage sites, art galleries or museums),
gyms and leisure centres,
dentists or opticians (but you do need to wear them in hospitals).
3. Who Doesn’t Have to Wear a Face Covering?
The new law doesn’t apply to children under the age of 11 or anyone who can prove their health or impairment[s] means they cannot wear a face covering. This includes people:
with impairments or health conditions that make it really difficult to breathe, or other conditions seriously affecting heart or lungs,
who can’t put on a face covering due to conditions affecting their ability to use their hands/arms (dexterity),
with a condition or impairment that means wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress,
with cognitive impairments, including learning difficulties and dementia, if they would not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering,
with vision impairments that include a restricted field of vision, that means they can only see at the lower edge of the normal field of view,
with any other impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain,
travelling with, or being a support worker or carer to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
But, people are going to get quite confused because the new law also doesn’t apply to shop or supermarket staff. The government do strongly recommend that employers think seriously about making their staff wear face coverings but the law doesn’t say they must.
An organisation called Shaping Our Lives has been given some money to do research. The research is to find out what longer term impacts Covid 19 emergency policies and lockdown have had on d/Deaf and Disabled people’s ability to make the most of their independent living. For example, some people have said that they have lost their confidence in getting out and about and everyday living has become more difficult. Others might feel very differently.
The researchers want to find out about Disabled people from more than just one Disabled people’s organisation so would be very grateful if you could help them by answering a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people.
You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell them will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to get back to living independently, feeling safe and confident.
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Dr Alison Gregory is a researcher at the University of Bristol who is running the ‘Building Resilience’ study which aims to develop support for friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues of women experiencing abuse from a partner or adult family member. Alison wants to speak to people who are in the position of trying to support a woman experiencing abuse (or who have been in this position in the past), in order to gather their views and opinions. Alison is interviewing people over the phone or online, and interviews take about 60 minutes. The findings from these interviews will help the development of a service, which will be piloted in a future study.
There is a small highstreet gift voucher as a ‘thank you’ for taking part. Alison is keen to include a wide range of people in this study to ensure that a variety of experiences and perspectives are captured. People currently under-represented in the research, include those aged 60+, people from ethnic minority groups, and people who have a colleague who has experienced abuse.
In order to help protect you and your loved ones from the spread of coronavirus, from this Friday (24 July), nearly everyone must wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets as well as on public transport and NHS buildings. It’s the law.
By face coverings the government means coverings, such as cloth masks, scarves and bandanna. They are asking that people do not wear medical grade PPE masks, unless they work in the NHS, a Care Home or provide intimate personal care to someone in their own home.
A few people won’t have to wear a face covering. These are: children under 11 and some people with a physical or mental impairment or disability that includes:- people who can’t put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability;- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress;- if you need to to eat or drink or to take medication; or- if you are shopping with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate.”
To promote the changes Bristol City Council will be launching a campaign called Are You Covered?
Council staff including the Mayor, cabinet members and the Director of public Health, will be handing out free masks to the public in Broadmead, The Galleries, Cabot Circus and the Bus Station on Friday.
Please support the campaign on social media by looking out for and using the hashtag #AreYouCovered?
And please remember to use a mask, social distance and stay safe.”
Everyone’s lockdown experiences are unique, yet with a striking sameness when quarantined. How has Covid-19 impacted your life? We want to know your pandemic circumstance so that we can collect real-time voices and relay our individual and collective experiences to local and central government. We work to make women’s equality in Bristol a reality. Contact us on email@example.com
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From increased donations with Travel Supermarket to flight and hotel packages with Expedia and even the reopening of Disneyland Paris, there are a lot of savings to be made and great opportunities to raise large amounts for Bristol Disability Equality Forum.
In the Business and Planning Bill that will be discussed in the House of Lords next week, the rules for street furniture on pavements (‘A’boards, other signs, chairs, tables etc) are being relaxed, to encourage eating outside.
This Bill, if passed, will mean that councils will only need to publicise any proposed changes to the patch of pavement a business wishes to spread out onto, and give five working days for objections. So, if you are self-isolating or shielding, or unable to use the internet, you will only hear about the proposal through sheer luck. And, with only 5 days notice for people to object to the proposal, the changes will almost certainly have happened before you even know about it.
Disabled people with various mobility and vision impairments will experience substantial difficulties navigating their local area and social distancing. For many this will mean they can no longer use the pavements safely, if this change in the rules happens. Vision impaired people (VIPs) will be at particularly high risk of injury from tripping over any street furniture and It will also make social distancing almost impossible for those with mobility or vision impairments.