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New National Restrictions from 5th November

From Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

We have included some information below for you.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

 

Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’:

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Meeting with family and friends

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet in a private garden.

Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Playgrounds can remain open.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.

A number of public services will also stay open and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

  • the NHS and medical services like GPs. We are supporting the NHS to safely carry out urgent and non-urgent services and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help.
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts
  • Civil Registrations Offices

Going to school, college and university

The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.

Travel

You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:

  • travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
  • travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
  • hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
  • exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so

If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.

You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Public Transport

If you need to use public transport – to travel to work for example – you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.

Click here for some safer travel guidance.

COVID-19 Alert Levels (until 04.11.2020)

Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. Local COVID alert levels are sometimes called ‘tiers’ or known as a ‘local lockdown’.

The COVID alert levels are split into 3 tiers; 

  • Medium
  • High
  • Very High
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is currently MEDIUM. This means:
  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools, colleges and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport
  • you must not socialise in groups larger 
  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes; walk or cycle if you can
  • you must wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Remember to call the emergency 24-hour number as soon as you start to feel unwell       +44 7974 348 453

What Is Westbourne Academy Doing About Coronavirus?​

Click on the following link to see our COVID-19 Actions: Covid 19 – WA Actions

 
  1. We are requesting that our Agents check whether their students have been in contact with anyone COVID-19 positive 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival at Westbourne Academy. We are also asking them to check if the students have any symptoms of Coronavirus. Students that have had any connection to a positive case, they should not travel to the UK.
  2. We are following guidelines provided by Public Health England and checking UK government updates daily.
  3. We are informing all students, staff and homestay providers of the symptoms and Westbourne Academy advises students and staff to stay at home, contact the school and seek medical advice on 111 if they are feeling unwell.
  4. Our staff has been made aware of the advice given by the UK government on how educational institutions should operate during the outbreak period, and will act on this accordingly.
  5. We have put in place measures at our school to try and minimize the spread of all illnesses and diseases, including providing hand sanitizer, guidance on the prevention of spreading germs, masks in communal spaces and social distancing. There are posters throughout the school with advice and information.
  6. We ask homestay providers to support the safety and well-being of any student they are hosting. As such, they will support any student they receive to their full capacity. If a student shows symptoms similar to COVID-19 they will contact us on the 24-hour emergency number and we will contact the local Health Service (111) for advice. The student will not be asked to leave the property unless alternative accommodation has been arranged.
  7. We are strongly recommending that all students have medical insurance before coming to the UK. Students can book medical insurance through our partner Endsleigh Insurance. To take out International Student Travel Insurance please click here

How can I contact Westbourne Academy?

If you feel unwell or you need urgent help you can call W.A. emergency phone number +44 7974 348 453.

For any other inquiry you can contact the office number +44 (0)1202 75 27 77 Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or send us an email to info@westbourneacademy.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What happens if I have to quarantine?

Should you need to quarantine for 14 upon arrival into the UK, you can join your lessons online instead. This means you wont have to miss out on any of the course content and will be given homework to be done every day. You can also stay with a Homestay Provider with the opportunity to practice your English. There is an additional one off cost of £55.00 which covers your lunches daily during quarantine. 

What happens if I want to delay my course?

Students can postpone their course provided we are informed at least 1 week before the arrival date and there is no extra charge. Please see out Terms and Conditions. Please click here to download our Terms and Conditions. Please contact us.

What happens if I cannot travel due to restrictions?

Students can postpone their course provided we are informed at least 1 week before the arrival date and there is no extra charge. Please see out Terms and Conditions. Please click here to download our Terms and Conditions. Please contact us.

What happens if the Westbourne Academy has to close?

  1. We will provide extra lessons to cover any lessons lost when the school reopens or continue to deliver lessons online.
  2. If this is not possible we will credit any outstanding lessons for students that need to return home so that they can return to study at WA at a later date within 12 months of the school re-opening.

Where we are based

Location

31 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Dorset, BH4 8EN, UK.

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