UK Safety Guidelines: What to expect when you arrive
Lockdown measures have started to relax and we are very happy that life is starting to return to normal! We can now visit shops, tourist attractions and restaurants again. However, to make sure we’re able to go out in public safely, with minimal contact with other people, the UK Government have put some guidelines in place for everyone in the UK. These are easy to follow and shouldn’t impact your trip too much.
Below are some of the things you should expect when you arrive.
Before you travel
Before you arrive in the UK, you will need to submit a form with details about your trip, including where you’ll be staying and how long for. This is so the government will be able to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with has developed Coronavirus symptoms. It is very important to complete this form, as you may receive a fine or be denied entry to the country if you refuse to complete it. You can fill out the form here.
Fortunately, visitors from most countries no longer have to quarantine when they arrive in the UK. However, if you have arrived from or visited any country that is not on the UK Government list within 2 weeks of arriving in the UK, then you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Masks & face coverings
A face covering is something that covers your nose and mouth, to limit the spread of germs in the air. This can be in the form of a mask or a plastic visor that covers your face. In the UK, it is not currently mandatory to wear a face covering every time you leave the house, although many people choose to. However, if you are using public transport or visiting a shop/supermarket, you MUST wear one. If you do not, you may be given a fine or be asked to leave.
Social distancing measures
Social distancing in the UK means to physically distance yourself from other people who you do not live with. This limits the spread of Coronavirus between people. You need to stay 2 metres away whenever possible, or 1 metre away in smaller spaces. Most public places will have signage on the floor of busy spaces to show you how far away you should stand.
Visiting shops & tourist attractions
Most shops and visitor attractions have opened to the public, with new social distancing & safety measures in place. However, there are some who have chosen to stay closed for now. Make sure you check their website before you visit to avoid disappointment!
Restaurants, cafes and bars have also implemented a ‘track and trace’ system. This means that when you visit, they will take your name and contact details. This so that they can contact you to let you know if a person who was in the venue at the same time as you develops Coronavirus symptoms.
Having Coronavirus symptoms
If you, or someone you have been in contact with, develops Coronavirus symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. If you have any of the symptoms, it is important to book a Coronavirus test. The symptoms include a high temperature, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell/taste.
If this happens during your time studying with LILA*, you will be able to access online lessons & socials while you are quarantined.
We’ve implemented social distancing measures around the school, as well as hand sanitising stations. You can have a look for yourself below!
This information was published on the 22nd July 2020, so some of the government guidelines may have changed since then. If you are unsure about anything before your visit to LILA* please get in touch!