Covid 19 Updates


Beat the Heat:
Coping with heat and COVID 19

Heatwave Plan for England
The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2020. Additional actions may be needed due to COVID-19 and specific resources are available below.


Inclusion North will give you the big messages here.
Big messages today:
There were 154 confirmed deaths from Coronavirus
reported on Wednesday.
A total of 43,081 people have now died from
Coronavirus in the UK.
Yesterday Boris Johnson said there will no longer be
daily news briefings.
There will be news briefings when things are changing
and if there is any news that we need to hear about.
We have thought about what to do to keep you
We will produce weekly news on a Thursday that we
will send to you on a Friday.
Think about 5 good things that have happened this
could be things like learning something new.


Disability Rights UK are working with Sense to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus outbreak, what is helping to keep active, and if there is anything more that could support people to keep active during this time. We will then be creating resources that reflect the views and experiences that have been shared through this survey, which will be useful for helping people to get and stay active during crises.

Here is the link to the survey:

Here is the link to the easy read version:


Here is the daily news and tips for staying well from Inclusion North

other people
We should still try to keep a distance of two
metres away from other people, but when we can’t we must stay at least 1 metre away from other people.
If you are somewhere that you cannot be 2 metres away from other people there should be things in place like
plastic screens, seating where people are not facing each other, or people should wear a face mask.
This is important to help to stop the virus spreading.

Visiting friends and relatives
You can now have 2 households inside the home or in
the garden. This can be more than 6 people but they
have to belong to the same 2 households.
•You still have to social distance in and outside of the
house and you can stay overnight.

It does not have to be the same 2 households all the
time, you can go to visit different households.

This could be visiting one house one weekend and then
visiting a different house the next weekend.

Places that are reopening on the 4th July
•Hotels, Campsites and Caravan Parks
•Pubs, bars and restaurants this is for service at the table only and you will have to leave contact details like name, address and telephone number.
•Hair Salons and barbers
•Libraries, community centres and bingo halls
•Cinemas, museums and galleries
•Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, arcades,
outdoor skating rinks and model villages
•Indoor zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and
wildlife centres

The places that will stay closed are
•Nightclubs and casinos
•Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
•Indoor soft play areas
•Spas and beauty salons
•Nail bars, tattoo and piercing places
•Indoor fitness studios, gyms and sports facilities
•Swimming pools and water parks
•Conference centres and exhibition halls and theatres

Keeping well tip
Think about planning a visit to a friends house if you can.

The video version can be seen here

Information about the Keeping People Connected projects in the North east, Yorkshire and Humber is here


Inclusion North Daily News and Keeping Well Tips

Keeping well tip :Continue to follow the lockdown rules, particularly hand
washing and social distancing. Be kind to yourself and those
around you
Inclusion North will give you the big messages here:

Big messages today:

The rules for people who have been shielding will change
soon. This is because the risk of catching Coronavirus in the
community is lower. People on the shielding list will receive
a letter telling them what is happening.

From 6th July people who have been shielding can:
Meet outside in a group of up to 6 people from outside
their household

Form a support bubble with 1 other household if they
are a lone parent of under 18 year old or a single person

From 1 st August people who have been shielding can:

Return to work, if not able to work from home

Food and medicine deliveries will stay in place until the end
of July.

Seven supermarkets will continue to offer priority
shopping slots for as long as is needed.

We now know things such as age, ethnicity, obesity and
medical conditions affect the impact Coronavirus has on us.

Understanding this better means advice about who needs to
shield or not can be more individualized. Given the low
number of children affected it is likely fewer will need to
shield in the future.

Inclusion North



Offer of testing for PA’s displaying coronavirus symptoms

Personal Care Assistants showing coronavirus-like symptoms or in self-isolation as a member of their household is showing coronavirus symptoms are eligible to be tested.
Direct Payment recipients can now offer their PA’s a test if they meet the criteria (either they or one or more of their family household members has coronavirus-like symptoms). The Government has used the term personal care assistant so there is no confusion about other types of personal assistant as they are not currently priority Health and Social Care sector staff.
For more information please contact or call 01482878778

Information direct from Government:

One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease. As part of the Government’s five-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, we are testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus. Our aim is that anyone who needs such a test will be able to have one. But that will take time to achieve. While we are building up our testing capacity at pace, we have offered testing to different groups in a phased approach.
Who can get tested?
Our top priority for testing is patients in hospital, to inform their clinical diagnosis, followed by NHS and social care workers having to self-isolate because either they, or a member of their household, have symptoms. We now have the capacity to give every person in these categories a test who needs one. As a next step, we now have the capacity to start to test other frontline workers in England who are having to self-isolate because either they, or a member of their household, have symptoms. Like with NHS and social care workers, we want to find out if these people have the virus – and, if they don’t, they might be able to return to their work that is so important
for our country. The devolved authorities operate their own eligibility criteria.
Eligible workers list We are already working with central government departments, national agencies and local resilience forums to get additional frontline workers in their areas tested, including police officers, fire and rescue service employees, and those running the justice system. The full list of eligible workers in England now includes: • All NHS and social care staff, including hospital, community and primary care, and relevant staff providing ancillary support to frontline NHS services (e.g. accommodation, catering) and voluntary workers; • Police, fire and rescue services; • Local authority staff, including those working with vulnerable children and adults, with victims of domestic abuse, and with the homeless and rough sleepers; • Defence, prisons and probation, and judiciary staff; • Front-line benefits workers.
In addition, government departments, national agencies and local resilience forums have discretion to refer other frontline workers in their area for testing as determined by local need and available capacity. This includes frontline workers in the private sector, with a focus on staff delivering key medical, energy, utility, transport and food supplies. Wherever we have the capacity, we will test these workers. More detailed information on the types of workers who may now be eligible for testing in England can be found at
Booking a test Anyone who thinks they are eligible and would like to be tested should speak to their employer. The relevant employers in England will be provided with information on how to make an appointment either via their local resilience forum (where the local region chooses to organise testing in this way), via their national government department/agency, or direct from the Department of Health and Social Care. Any employer that has any queries should contact their local resilience forum, national government department/agency, or the Department of Health and Social Care on The devolved authorities operate their own eligibility criteria. We are developing an online booking system that will enable all eligible frontline workers to register for a test directly. We will publish further details on this as soon as the development has been completed.
How the testing process works
The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the subject themselves (self-administered) or by someone else for them (assisted). In order to test large numbers of patients, NHS, social care, and other frontline workers, we have set up a range of options from scratch. This has been an enormous challenge. But the public and private sectors have come together to meet it.
Testing routes • For patients and NHS workers, testing can be done within an NHS facility such as a hospital; • We are establishing a network of up to 50 drive-through regional testing sites by the end of April. You can view an animation that explains the process online here;

• We are developing mobile testing units, which could be based at a regional testing site and travel to take tests to where they are needed the most; • We are bolstering the NHS’ capabilities by providing test kits directly to ‘satellite’ centres at places like hospitals that have a particularly urgent or significant requirement; and • We are developing a home test kit that can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves, and their family, as required without leaving the house.
Collection and results Across all these methods, we have a fantastic network of couriers who collect the completed samples and deliver them safely to one of our laboratories. The swab samples are analysed at our labs, and the result is communicated back to the individual. We aim to get everyone their test result back within 48 hours of when their swab is taken. And when they have their result, the individual will have a better understanding of their condition and can discuss with their employer whether they can return to work – helping our country to beat coronavirus.




Many people with a learning disability and/or autism will become increasingly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis. In response to this, the new “Keeping People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism Connected” project is being launched with a focus on people who already lead independent lives but do not routinely access services or support. It is co-ordinated by Inclusion North, Humber Transforming Care, and Choices & Rights Disability Coalition.
Choices & Rights will offer support with any practical issues, and continue to support them to access help and gain whatever information, advice, and resources are needed. They will receive calls from specialist staff, who will support them with understanding information relating to Coronavirus, talk through their worries and offer some reassurance. If a person is in crisis we are able to refer to the appropriate service with their consent.
Text: 077 155 62 448
Phone: 077 155 62 448 (4pm – 8pm)
C&R office: (01482) 878778
If the person consents and would prefer to be contacted by us, please email us their details. They will be given options for their preferred method of communication at initial contact. Follow up contact can be made if needed. Even if you are not sure if a person has Autism, ADHD or a Learning disability, but it’s clear they are feeling isolated and in need of help, please encourage them to use this new, free service.





Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline (01482 300307) to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.
It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Residents should register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website or by calling the Hull Helpline number on 01482 300307.
Please share details of this page with anyone who would benefit from the support available.
Read the full details on the HullCCNews.
#StayHomeSaveLives #HullTogether


March 2020

Changes to Choices and Rights  Services during the Covid- 19 outbreak

The latest advice from the government is to stay at home

Changes to Choices and Rights  Services during the corona virus outbreak.
Choices and Rights  biggest responsibility is to protect the health and safety of our community – both customers and staff. In order to reduce exposure to the virus we have made some changes to services.

The Government has strongly advised that those with significant health conditions should have as little social contact as possible. The list of health conditions that put people most at risk from coronavirus (COVID 19) can be found here: 

The Government advise that people in these groups should start social distancing measures straight away.
‘Social distancing’ means reducing your contact with other people. This will help reduce the transmission of the virus. We can do this by stopping non-essential contact with other people and stopping all unnecessary travel.

In order to protect our customers and staff:

All Home Visits have been stopped

We will continue to provide all our normal office-based services. Home Visits will be replaced by phone calls or online meetings. If you normally get a home visit we will contact you to find out what suits you best.

The  Office is Closed to the Public

From 17th March 2020 our offices will be closed to the public. We are following government advice very closely and will only reopen when it is safe to do so.
During this time many of our staff will be working from home.

If you normally hand deliver documents to Choices and Rights for example your PA’s new employee paper work  we ask that you please deliver them by email instead.

Other updates to our service will be posted to our main front page regulary.