NCVO have provided the following update regarding volunteering and the new lockdown in England:
Existing GOV.UK coronavirus volunteering guidance pages Coronavirus: How to help safely and Coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteering have been updated in line with the tougher restrictions which came into force from 5 November, following the Prime Minister’s announcement.
Where possible, people should volunteer from home. If they cannot do so, they can volunteer outside their home if they follow the social distancing guidance and no-one in their household has symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive for coronavirus.
People over the age of 60 and those who are clinically vulnerable do not face any specific restrictions on volunteering and should follow the same guidelines as above. However, as this group could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, they may need additional support to follow social distancing rules and minimise contact with others.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people can volunteer from home, however they are advised not to volunteer outside their home.
Where volunteers are able to volunteer outside their home (see above) they can:
· meet in groups of any size indoors or outdoors while volunteering
· travel to volunteer or while volunteering
Volunteer-involving organisations must ensure their workplaces meet coronavirus safety standards.
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