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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Helping communities during Covid 19

We know from the number of local people identified within the ‘shielding’ category as a response to COVID-19 that there are many people and families who need support during this pandemic.

We know that some people and families who are instructed to self-isolate as a result of having symptoms or being identified as a close contact of a confirmed case will find this difficult and may require additional support in order to self-isolate.

There are other vulnerable groups within our communities. These include people with long term health conditions and those from black and minority ethnic groups.

Dorset Council, working with partners and the voluntary and community sector, will make sure that these people are able to find appropriate help and support. If someone needs support then please contact our COVID-19 community response helpline on 01305 221000 or access ourcommunity response page.

High risk places

We have also identified a range of high-risk places where it is harder to be socially distant and where there is a higher number of vulnerable people. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is likely to be higher in these areas so we need to have specific plans to address them. These places include:

  • hospitals
  • care homes
  • community health care settings
  • prisons
  • houses of multiple occupancy
  • Gypsy and Traveller sites
  • schools and early years settings
  • public transport
  • higher education settings
  • military camps
  • manufacturing plants
  • hospitality sector (hotels/holiday parks)
  • cafes/restaurants/pubs
  • places of worship
  • indoor leisure facilities

Hospitality settings including beaches is an area we know residents are concerned about so we will be looking at how we can support the hospitality sector to stay safe.

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