Updated: Sep 15
So, what’s new for September? – Well today the new Rule of Six begins… what does this mean?
In England, the limit of six people from multiple households starts on Monday 14th September . It will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages. So, gatherings in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.
Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed in England, for example:
If your household or support bubble is larger than six -
Education and training settings
Protests and political events, if compliant with safety guidelines
Jury duty or other legal commitments
Children's play groups and youth clubs
Support groups, such as for addiction or abuse
Playing sport - either professionally or for fun
Weddings, funerals and very special religious occasions, such as christenings or bar mitzvahs, can go ahead with up to 30 people attending (check with local crematoriums etc for their regulations) , in groups of six or less. However, celebrations after the religious ceremony are limited only to weddings or civil partnerships.
If you live in a household of more than six you can gather in public or private. However, you will not be able to join with anyone from outside of your household. The new measures will mean groups larger than six can be broken up by police. Members of the group can be fined if they fail to follow the rules. This will be £100 for a first offence, doubling on each further offence up to £3,200.The government says: "Putting the new, lower limit in law will make it easier for the police to identify and disperse illegal gatherings.
Each UK nation is advising people to stay 2m (6ft) away from anyone they don't live with. However, there are some differences:
In England, if it's not possible to be 2m away, you can stay "1m plus" apart. The "plus" means doing something else to limit your possible exposure - like wearing a face covering.
The number of new cases of Covid-19 is rising again so we must be careful and follow the new guidance otherwise we may be back in full lockdown again. Please remember to wear your face masks, wash your hands and maintain your social distancing- Hands, Face , Space. You must now wear face masks on public transport and in shops. If you need to check for guidance please go to Public Health England for all the latest advice.
In other news, I am very happy and excited to have been accepted for a new volunteer idea running in conjunction with the Hospices called Compassionate Neighbours. This is a scheme where you can volunteer to visit people who are home alone with no relatives, and who may be at the End of their Life through age or illness. You can give an hour or two or more per week, if you can spare it , to visit them and have a chat and help them to connect with their community and combat loneliness. If you feel you can help or simply what to find out more about the scheme, then visit the Heart of Kent Hospice Website for more information – hokh.org
I have been following a gentleman called Gary Andrews on twitter lately. Gary unfortunately lost his wife to Sepsis and has been left with two children to bring up. Gary has coped with his bereavement by drawing illustrations everyday some of which he has been putting on twitter. These have been in the most part very amusing and sometimes very poignant. Gary is a very well- respected former Disney Animation illustrator who is also known as Gary Scribbler, and he has now published a book called ‘Finding Joy’ with all his illustrations in it. Joy was his wife’s name and the book and illustrations show how Gary has made his way through his grief so far. It is an excellent book for anyone to read especially if you are grieving yourself. You can buy it from Amazon or Waterstones. It is another book I will be recommending to our families and I will add it to our little library so anyone who cannot afford to buy it can always borrow it from us.
Books so far, I can personally recommend for anyone who is grieving or who want to know more about End of Life Care are:
With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix
The Grief Garden Path by Julie New
Finding Joy by Gary Andrews
Surviving the Tsunami of Grief by Katrina Taee and Wendelien McNichol
I will of course add to the list as I read more. If anyone would like to recommend a book they have read please let me know.