The Prime Minister announced on Monday 14 June that unfortunately the UK has not met the four criteria required to ease lockdown restrictions on 21 June as had been hoped for, and the government have therefore added a further 4 weeks of the current restrictions, extending to 19 July.
For us at CHF this makes little difference as we had already decided to remain working under the same conditions as we have been for the past 15 months until at least the end of July in order to continue protecting the children and young people, our staff and their families. Those directly supporting the children and young people continue to wear PPE and the office workers continue to work from home where possible, coming in on a rota basis, to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitizing hands has become the norm for everyone and the very low rates of infection amongst our CHF community clearly demonstrate that these precautions do work.
Over 80% of our staff have now received their first vaccinations, and almost 50% have received their second. We are encouraging those who are yet to have theirs to get them booked as soon as possible. Everyone is also being encouraged to remain cautious when away from work and to continue testing regularly.