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Latest Covid-19 updates – 26/6/20

What you can and can’t do after 4th July Useful FAQs

The Government have also produced guides to businesses on being Covid secure which may be useful. These can be found at



Changes to shielding rules

As guidance and support for shielded residents change from next month, Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall are reminding anyone needing assistance with food shopping, medical prescriptions and social support that help is on hand.

Letters explaining the new advice are being sent out to everyone who has been asked to self-isolate for the last 12 weeks due to having a health condition which makes them clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

The Government is relaxing its shielding guidance in stages as it points to latest scientific evidence showing the declining infection rate of the virus.

Subject to ongoing clinical evidence, the changes will be:

o    From 6 July:

o    Anyone shielding can meet up to five people from other households outdoors while social distancing.

o    Those shielding who live alone or are a single parent or carer with a child under 18 can start to form a support bubble with one other household including visiting their home and staying overnight.


o    From 1 August:

o    Shielded individuals can stop self-isolating as guidance will be updated to allow them to go to shops and places of worship while following social distancing rules.

o    Food parcels sent by Government to those shielding will stop on 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies.

o    However, other forms of support – such as priority supermarket delivery slots, help from Cornwall Council, Volunteer Cornwall and the NHS Volunteers Scheme – will continue.

Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall will continue to support shielded and other vulnerable residents if they need help with food shopping or collections, getting priority supermarket delivery slots, prescriptions, befriending and getting online for assistance.

More information on support in Cornwall will be announced next week. If anyone needs extra support in the meantime contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1233334 or email or contact Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or email

More information on the planned changes are here:



Back to business seminars

Following the recent announcement that more businesses will be able to reopen from 4 July, Cornwall Council is continuing give advice and guidance to businesses to ensure they are COVID-safe when they reopen, which may involve changes to ensure social distancing, along with enhanced hygiene measures.

Please share details of the latest free Back in Business webinars for specific sectors with businesses in your area:

•          Tuesday 30 June at 11am – Tourism: self-catering

•          Tuesday 30 June at 2pm – Tourism: B&B and small guest houses

•          Wednesday 1 July at 11am – Tourism: Hotels

•          Wednesday 1 July at 2pm – Hairdressers and barbers

•          Thursday 2 July at 11am – Pubs and restaurants

•          Thursday 2 July at 2pm – Tourism: Holiday parks

•          Friday 3 July at 11am – Tourism: Attractions and outdoor venues

Any businesses that can’t take part in the webinars can register to receive information from the sessions and are welcome to send questions in for the panel to answer.

There are also recordings of previous webinars available on office businesses, retail businesses, childcare settings excluding schools, food businesses, retail businesses and market traders, holiday accommodation, and hairdressing, beauty and tattoo.

For further guidance on reopening a business safely, visit Cornwall Council’s business regulatory support website, email or leave a message on 0300 1234 212 (option 4) for a call back.





Coronavirus testing will start in the following locations in Camborne and Launceston from Tuesday 30th June – Until Further Notice.  The sites will operate from 10:30am-4pm unless detailed otherwise by the national testing website (details below).

Camborne – Camborne College Car Park, Church Road, Pool, TR15 3FH

Launceston – Launceston Rugby Football Club, Polson Bridge, Launceston, PL15 9QR

The following testing site is already deployed as follows:

Town/City In location until Opening Times Address Notes
St Austell Until further notice 1030-1530 St Austell Information Service, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5DR

The Mobile Testing Units are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see military personnel in attendance.



These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus.

Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply.



The test can be booked online at the following address:

If there is no access to the internet people can ring 119.



The centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles.

Once you have your booking confirmed, make your way to the testing station at your allotted time.  The test will be conducted while you remain in your vehicle.  On arrival you will be given instructions on what to do by the testing site personnel. Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed until you are instructed to open them.  You will conduct the test without leaving your own vehicle. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.

The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing. You will be guided what to do by mobile phone. On arrival you will be shown a number to ring where you will speak to the person standing outside your vehicle.

You will be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.

For guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time.  Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bac hand wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test.  Also take tissues so that you can cough into them and blow your nose before swabbing.



You will be informed of your test result within three days, usually via a text message.




Please note that the NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service.  These are located at Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard in Cornwall and the Bannams site in Barnstaple, Sandy Park in Exeter and on the hospital sites for Torbay and South Devon and Derriford.  Access to these services is via the employer route.




Further sites in Devon and Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment.  At this stage, sites are open at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have external testing facilities by appointment ONLY through contacting the primary care provider.



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