19th October 2020 | Coronavirus

Information last updated 19 October2020

ENGLAND

Face to face therapies
From 4 July 2020 the following restrictions have been eased:

  • The 2-metre social distancing rule has been relaxed to "1 metre plus" where 2 metres is not possible – but people will be encouraged to have mitigation in place to reduce risk of virus transmission.
  • Hair salons and barbers can reopen, but visors must be worn.

Registrants who can maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and who have full infection control measures in place, may return to work if that would be covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)
From 13 July 2020 Registrants can return to practising 'hands-on' provided that they:

  • Do not treat highest risk zones. This is defined in UK Government guidance as "the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard”. 
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

The UK Government guidance for close contact services can be found here.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

UPDATE: Highest risk zones - on 13 August the UK Government announced that treatments to the face can resume on 15 August 2020
UPDATEThe NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app launched on 24 September 2020 for England and Wales. A NHS QR code and official NHS poster are available. CNHC Registrants in England providing close contact treatments (i.e. practising 'hands-on') MUST register for a QR code and display the poster from 24 September. Find out more here.

UPDATE: Local COVID alert levels 

On 12 October 2020 the UK Government announced a three tier system of local COVID alert levels for Engand. These rules come into effect on 14 October 2020.  You can enter your postcode into the postcode checker to Find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area

London will moved into the High Alert level at midnight on Friday 16 October.

If you live or work in an area in a Very High Level the Government, in consultation with the local authority, can introduce further restrictions, including closing close contact services or prohibiting the highest-risk activities. As at 12 October no further restrictions above the baseline for High Alert areas (currently the Liverpool City Region comprising of Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Halton) have been put in place, but we would advise you to you to check on a regular basis whether additional restrictions apply in your area


NORTHERN IRELAND

Face to face therapies
From 6 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Northern Ireland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local lockdown restrictions you cannot return to work yet.

Guidance for working safely in Northern Ireland can be found here

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)

UPDATE: COVID-19 circuit-breaker measures announced

The First Minister outlined the Northern Ireland Executive's decisions to the Assembly on 14 October 2020. The restrictions, which will come into force on at 6pm on Friday 16 October for an initial period of 4 weeks, include: “Closure of close contact services apart from those meeting essential health needs which will be defined in the regulations to ensure continuation of essential health interventions and therapeutics. This will not include complementary treatments.”

All CNHC Registrants with practices in Northern  must stop working from 6pm on 16 October for the next 4 weeks.

A summary of the new restrictions can be found here

We will be contacting our Registrants based in Northern Ireland once the detailed regulations are published.


From 6 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Northern Ireland can return to work provided they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

Guidance for working safely in Northern Ireland can be found here


SCOTLAND

Face to face therapies
From 15 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Scotland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)

From 22 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Scotland can return to work provided they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

The Scottish Government's guidance on close contact services can be found here.

This guidance diverges from UK Government guidance for close contact services are as follows:
- No mobile services: Treatments can only be carried out at your own premises. You cannot provide close contact treatments in client's homes in Phase 3 of of the Scottish Government's Route Map
- High risk zones: The ‘high risk zone’ is defined as ‘the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard’. If treatments in the high risk zone cannot be carried out without the ability to be provided from the side of the face or behind the head and therefore require prolonged periods in the highest risk zone then they should not be offered in phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map

UPDATE: Temporary restrictions from 9 October in Scotland
Temporary measures were announced on 7 October 2020 to tackle growing infection rate. They will come into effect from Friday 9 October 2020 and last 16 days. They apply across Scotland with tighter restriction being introduced in the Central belt area, focusing on five health board areas (Ayrshire & Arran; Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire; Lothian). See the Scottish Government announcement New moves to stop COVID-19 spread for more information. If you have any queries about the restrictions, we would advise you to contact your local health board. 

WALES

Face to face therapies
From 13 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Wales can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres
  • Have full infection control measures in place,
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

The Welsh Government's guidance on working safely can be found here

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)

UPDATE: Coronavirus circuit-breaker announced for Wales from 23 October
The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced that a short, sharp “circuit-breaker” or “fire-break” will be introduced across Wales. The fire-break will start at 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020 and end on Monday 9 November 2020. It will apply to everyone living in Wales and will replace the local restrictions which are in force in some parts of the country.
All close contact services must close from that date. If you are a CNHC Registrant provising close contact treatments (i.e. working hands on) must stop working from this time. More information can be found
here, 
UPDATE: From 27 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Wales can return to work provided that they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance. 

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you cannot return to work yet. 

The Welsh Government's workplace guidance for close contact holistic services can be found here. It includes a restart risk assessment and a reopening checklist.

This guidance diverges from UK Government guidance for close contact services in relation to high risk zones. It states:
"practitioners are currently strongly advised not to perform treatments that will bring them within the ‘highest risk zone’ of clients (defined as the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth, that may not be visible, can be present and pose a hazard from the client to the practitioner and vice versa)".

CNHC ADVICE

CNHC advice on preparing to return to work and working safely can be found here


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