The Topic of the month at IPS International this August is COVID-19 Adjusting to life now – Part 2
Most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4 on 19th July 2021 in England. These include:
- No limit on meeting people, but try to meet others outside where possible
- People currently working from home should return to the workplace gradually
- Nightclubs open, and return to full capacity for theatre and cinema audiences
- Businesses and large events encouraged to use Covid-Certification to limit the spread of the virus
- Face coverings recomended in crowded public spaces, such as public transport
- Social distancing no longer mandatory
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted and people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. It is important that we all use personal judgement to play our part, by exercising common sense and considering the risks.
- Social Distancing has eased, but limit the close contact you have with those you don’t live with
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into your homes
- Keep washing your hands regularly
- Although face coverings are no longer a lawful requirement, they are still recommend, and especially in crowded areas
- There are no restrictons on table service and group sizes, so be cautious and act carefully
Rules at IPS Centres
IPS’s view on the situation is to continue with the existing rules that are in place at our current sites across Kent.
- Social distance where a safe distance of 2 metres is applied or 1 metre + with additional measures in place
- To not exceed the maximum room capacities
- Follow good hygiene practice
- Wear face coverings when you are not in a designated safe place or moving about
- Continue taking lateral flow tests to aid in reducing the spread of the virus
- To not come into IPS if you are feeling unwell
This decision has been made to take the cautious approach while cases remain high, to best protect everyone. IPS management will continue to seek advice from government officials, where changes will be announced, taking into consideration all the advice that is available from the Public Health England (PHE) and Department for Education (DfE).
Taking care of your mental health – reopening anxiety?
It’s okay to feel happy about restrictions lifting, but also completely normal to also be feeling worried. We have put together some tips on how to take care of your mental health as things change, and how to make the adjustment easier:
• Go at your own pace
• Plan social occasions
• Do not avoid things entirely
• Tell someone how you feel
• Only visit trusted sources to get information and guidance
• Relax/get enough sleep
• Write down your thoughts
Do not be afraid to ask for help – you can speak to your IPS Trainers or Assessors, the IPS Safeguarding Officers, your employer or your friends/family. Try to think about your new daily routine, adapt and create positive connections to these. Look after your physical health by exercising, maintaining a sleep schedule and eating healthily. Stay connected to friends and family via video call, texting or meeting up for socially-distanced walks. Limit the amount of time you spend on social media or watching the news.
Visit the mind.org.uk website for more guidance, advice and support.
Where to get additional support and advice
If you need any additional help or guidance, please talk to the IPS Safeguarding Officers who can refer you to sources of support.
Visit the NHS website and also find out more about their mental health helplines.
Visit Lets Talk Loneliness Campaign to talk to someone and provide you guidance around this topic.