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Keep up-to-date with Covid alert levels

Complementary, traditional and natural healthcare therapists should make sure they have read the government’s guidance on local Covid alert levels, and what that means for their practice.

For England, it can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

Local Covid alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. There are now 3 local Covid alert levels in England.

Medium level is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place, which allows complementary healthcare workers and businesses to operate in a Covid-secure manner following guidance previously issued.

High level is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place on top of restrictions in alert level medium. Once again, complementary healthcare workers and businesses can still operate in a Covid-secure manner following guidance previously issued.

Very high level is for areas with a very high level of infections and where tighter restrictions are in place. The restrictions placed on areas with a very high level of infections can vary, and are based on discussions between central and local government. This is the baseline in very-high alert level areas. The government will also seek to agree additional interventions in consultation with local authorities, in order to drive down transmission of the virus. This could include closing personal care and close contact services including complementary, traditional and complementary healthcare businesses and services.

You should remain aware of the local rules for your area, if in doubt check the postcode checker to locate which alert tier you are in https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae. Once you are in Tier 3 (very high) then you will need to check for specific announcements regarding close contact services.

If you are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should refer to guidance issued by your devolved administration.