Coronavirus Updates


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Important Update

People First Dorset is following current government advice in order to keep staff, volunteers and the people we support safe.


Currently we have decided to cancel all meetings and events until further notice. 


We will keep you updated as to when we plan to reopen our services via our website and social media channels.


In the meantime, please stay safe and follow government advice (, such as regular and thorough handwashing. If you feel unwell and are concerned about your health, call 111.  

Coronavirus COVID-19 update (updated 7.8.2020)

Please read the Government guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes. In the Prime Minister’s update on progress on 17 July, he set out the next stages of our roadmap.

From 1 September:

  • Schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis


From 1 October, if prevalence remains around or below current levels:

  • We will bring back audiences in stadiums, and allow conferences and other business events to recommence in a COVID-19 Secure way

In November, our ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on a number of factors, including consideration of the specific challenges as we move into winter.

What should I still avoid doing?

It remains the case that you should not:

  • Socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub

  • Socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles

  • Interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship

  • Hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines

  • Stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces).


I don’t have to stay at home anymore?

You don’t have to stay at home anymore but when you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home.

As businesses reopen and people begin to socialise more regularly, you should maintain social distancing from people you do not live with or are not in your support bubble, and should wash your hands regularly. This will help to protect you and anyone you come into contact with and is critical to keeping everyone as safe as possible.

The more people you have interactions with, the more chance the virus has to spread. Therefore, try to limit the number of people you see – especially over short periods of time.


If you or someone in your household or your support bubble is showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in your support bubble should self-isolate, stay at home and get a test. If you or a member of your support bubble is contacted as part of the test and trace programme, the individual contacted should stay at home. If that individual becomes symptomatic, everyone in the support bubble must then isolate. This is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Can I visit people indoors?

Yes, you are able to meet indoors in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household). This includes inviting people from one household into your home or visiting the home of someone else with members of your own household. You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble when doing so.


If you are in a support bubble you can continue to see each other without needing to maintain social distancing.

The more people you have interactions with, the more chance the virus has to spread. Therefore, try to limit the number of people you see – especially over short periods of time. The risk of transmission is also higher indoors, so you should take extra care to stay as safe as possible.

Face coverings and quarantine

We are extending the list of areas where face coverings are mandatory from 8 August. Face coverings will be made mandatory in a greater number of public indoor settings, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries. The full list is set out below, and will be reflected in updated guidance on face coverings. This is in addition to shops, supermarkets and public transport, as is currently the case.

There are likely to be more changes in the coming weeks, so we encourage people to look at the government website:

People First Dorset will do our best to keep you updated of any changes taking place in Dorset and Somerset. In the meantime, here are some things that we thought were useful:

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