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First responder COVID-19 information hub: useful links and updates

We've created a one-stop information hub for COVID-19 updates, guidance and contacts for first responders including for domestic violence cases.

First responder COVID-19 information hub: useful links and updates

Date - 25th March 2020
By - Chris Smith

To help keep you up to date, we have brought together in one place some useful links to the latest government updates, data analysis, policy changes and decisions by other agencies involved in the COVID-19 response.

The main updates from the government can be found HERE

Safety first

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued its principles for investigating workplace deaths linked to COVID-19. The guidance provides further information on how police services can strike the balance between their operational and health and safety duties. You can read it HERE

Note: it does not set out when equipment should be used or whether it can be reused.

College of Policing Guidance

The updated advice on using the emergency legislation is available HERE 

It remains unchanged but clarifies the reasons people may have for being in public.

Data tracking on numbers and location

Public Health England is updating daily a tracker on the number of cases and where they are. GO HERE 

Domestic abuse

The government has updated its guidance on accommodation for domestic abuse situations during this period HERE

Legal basis for action

The government has now passed the COVID-19 emergency bill setting the powers for police and when they can be used.

A police officer may issue a fixed penalty notice for £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days). If someone has already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount will increase to £120 and double on each further repeat offence. You can read the full guidance HERE

This Parliament briefing also reminds officers that existing legislation, including PACE, can also be used. READ IT HERE

The formal letter of designation sets out the business closure regulations and which businesses are affected  HERE

Public Health England

Public Health England has also shared its contacts for regional and local centres and emergency contacts GO HERE

HR leads

There are updates from Public Health England on guidance for employees and employers GO HERE

Communications leads

Coronavirus Public Information Materials have been created for communications with the general public. These resources align with the national public information campaign that is running across the United Kingdom. This public health advice informs the general public about how they can

  • Practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.
  • Home Isolate if they have symptoms.

Please be aware that this is an evolving situation and public advice may change. Materials will be updated and changed as appropriate so please check daily for the latest version. All guidance documents currently in circulation GO HERE

Councils in England and Wales

Local authority leads for civil resilience are council chief executives and their lead organisation is SOLACE.

SOLACE is in contact with Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the emerging situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. 

To view their latest statements on COVID-19 you can either visit the Solace News section of the website or go HERE

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