Isolation period changes, and mass testing rolled out

Change to isolation period to 10 days

The Isolation period which was 14 days for circumstances such as being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus, or returning to the UK from a country not on the Travel Corridor list, has now been changed to 10 days.  All Government Guidance which includes reference to the Isolation period has now been updated to reflect this.

Mass Community Testing being rolled out

The first 67 local authorities confirmed to start community testing programmes as part of government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan has been announced, and includes Blackburn with Darwen (and wider Lancashire).  More than 1.6 million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be immediately deployed to detect asymptomatic cases and drive down transmission in highest risk areas.  With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas. Based on their in-depth knowledge of their local community, local authorities have created community testing plans, taking into account detailed prevalence data and demographics.  Lancashire plans to start testing with large manufacturing sites, and businesses with workforces greater than 200, as well as more vulnerable groups.  Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

Culture Recovery Fund to See Second Application Round in 2021

The Culture Recovery Fund has passed its £1 billion milestone with £654 million being invested in arts and cultural organisations. 

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Support, funding which was held back in previous rounds will be available for organisations who are at imminent risk of collapse before the end of this Financial Year (31 March 2021).

£300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will also be available to support organisations’ transition back to usual operating mode from April 2021.  The Government will release further detail about the new funding round ‘in due course’.

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