Cornwall Council advice on Omicron

The Omicron variant is now in the SW; indeed, it is in many places around the country. Don’t forget, we still have the Delta variant, too, and as per our recent post, cases in Cornwall are rising. There are new temporary regulations relating to self-isolation and travel. This is because information is still being gathered about the severity and transmissibility of Omicron.

No one likes wearing masks but they are now mandatory indoors in most public places. Rather than seeing it as an assault on our liberties, we can choose to see it as concern for others, and helping those more vulnerable, and that feels much more community-minded.

From Cornwall Council:

The Government has introduced temporary new restrictions in response to concerns that the new Omicron variant could prove more infectious and less responsive to vaccines than previous variants.

The following measures have been introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant while the government gathers more information.

😷 Face coverings are now mandatory again on public transport and school buses, in communal areas in secondary schools, in shops and in other enclosed public spaces

🏠 All contacts of new variant cases should stay home and self-isolate for 10 days even if fully jabbed – you will be contacted by National Track and Trace team or the United Kingdom Health Security Agency

✈️ Even if you are fully vaccinated, there are changes to international travel rules and if you arrive in England from abroad you now need to:

  • self-isolate on arrival and book a PCR test
  • take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)
  • remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative PCR test result.

💉 You can help to stop the spread of Omicron by getting your first, second and booster vaccinations as soon as you are eligible.

When someone with COVID-19 breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release particles into the air that may contain coronavirus, and these particles can be breathed in by other people.

By covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, you will reduce the spread of droplets by limiting the amount released when you talk and breathe. It helps to protect others.

Some people will be exempt from wearing face coverings, due to their health or circumstance, and some will carry an exemption card by choice.

You can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Cornwall’s schools and keep everyone safe.

❗ If your child is feeling unwell, make sure they get a PCR test ➡️

😷 Staff and children from Year 7 up should wear a face covering in communal areas and on school busses unless exempt and wash their hands regularly.

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