Latest Blogs Stuart Low Trust- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated: 14th July 2021 Stuart Low Trust wishes to update you on the actions we are taking in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stuart Low Trust Covid-19 CEO Statement, July 13th 2021 "The safety of our participants, volunteers and staff at Stuart Low Trust is paramount. Further to the government announcement on 12th July, SLT wishes to tread thoughtfully and cautiously before deciding on any set dates for a face-to-face return. SLT wishes to manage risk and keep people safe as much as we can. We wish to ensure any decisions we make ensure the safest outcome for all. We thank our participants for believing in SLT to manage this well and get this right. We hope to achieve this so our participants feel confident in the decisions we make and when we make them. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We continue to work and prepare, behind the scenes. As soon as there is further news, I will update you." Hannah Kalmanowitz, Chief Executive Staying Safe and Well To protect our loved ones and ourselves, we can: Make space – stay 2 metres apart from people who aren’t in your household or bubble - to help stop the virus spreading Wash your hands - regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home– this washes virus off your hands and helps stop it spreading Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth to stop the virus spreading - in public places, including in shops or public transport If you have symptoms that may be the virus, please call 111. New rules in effect from 29th March: The Stay at Home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including tennis and basketball courts Formally organised outdoor sports can also restart Parents and children groups can return but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work New rules in effect from 12th April: The opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen. Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. New rules in effect from 17th May: Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households. New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules. Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place. People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen. Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households. Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19. All higher education students will be able to access in-person teaching. Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase to 30 people (not including under 5s). There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country. For full guidance, please see gov.uk. Information and help For information about our online activities and information to support you during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: https://www.slt.org.uk/Pages/Category/support-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic Our activities We have made the decision to suspend all face to face Stuart Low Trust activities until the government have told us when it is safe to resume our activities. Please do not travel to our activities as they will be closed. We will consult government and NHS guidance and review when we can restart activities. We are aiming to provide activities and information online and we are working with other organisations in how best we can support our participants. Why we have taken this decision Stuart Low Trust is adhering to guidelines set out by government, the NHS and World Health Organisation, so we can act responsibly. We take the health, wellbeing and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff extremely seriously. This is of vital importance to us. Communication We know that many of our participants do not have access to the internet. For this reason, we will be sending out monthly postal mailings during this closure period with tips and ideas for looking after ourselves. These will also be available via our mail chimp weekly emails. The Stuart Low Trust office will be closed for this same period of time. Staff will be working from home. You can email us as usual or telephone us and leave a message. All telephone calls are now being picked up remotely. The best way to get in touch with us is via email at [email protected] or using our social media accounts. Take care It is normal for people to feel apprehensive and anxious, but Stuart Low Trust will be doing what we can to provide as much support as possible during this time. We hope that you stay safe and well and are managing to stay positive in this uncertain situation. Delivering our activities differently We'll be delivering our activities differently to support people during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click through to look at our online resources.