The blackout rules across England will change again on Monday June 8th as the country continues to fight the new corona virus.
Last Monday, June 1st, there were big changes in the way the country works with primary schools that can be opened to a lot more children, and outdoor retailers like markets are allowed to reopen car dealerships.
Next Monday, June 15th, all non-essential retailers – including clothing stores – can reopen.
And today the two biggest changes across England will be the reopening of dentists and the introduction of quarantine rules.
Small marriages can now take place outdoors in Northern Ireland, and outdoor sports facilities, outdoor retailers and some larger stores can also be reopened.
The rules for shielding people in England were also relaxed last week.
Dentists were allowed to continue working during the entire emergency response ban.
As of today, however, they can continue to work routinely – with improved safety precautions.
The British Dental Association (BDA) states that around a third of the practices are opened today.
A BDA survey found that more than 60% of practices estimate that they can treat less than a quarter of the numbers of patients they saw before the Covid 19 pandemic.
Only a third of the practices said they had enough PPE to provide personal care, and only 15% said they would be able to offer a full range of treatments.
However, according to the survey, more than 80% of practices expect to be reopened “to a certain extent” by the end of June.
The BDA said that social detachment and decontamination will result in longer treatment times and fewer patients, which could result in practices being unable to maintain their financial viability.
Remote dental consultations are expected to continue under the guidance of the Chief Dental Officer’s office and the NHS England. However, personal appointments could be offered to patients who are not believed to be infected with Covid-19.
In the meantime, suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases that require urgent dental care are forwarded to the urgent dental care hubs.
The guidelines state that aerosol generating procedures (AGP) – a dental treatment using water instruments – should be avoided wherever possible.
Such procedures can increase the risk of transmission to healthcare workers and should only be done if a practice has appropriate PPE, the recommendations say.
The BDA said there are approximately 10,000 dental offices in England.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare said there were 550 NHS emergency dental centers that would continue to treat patients until the surgeries were able to offer a wider range of services.
As of today, travelers arriving in the UK must isolate themselves for 14 days as part of government measures to protect themselves from a second wave of corona viruses.
All passengers – with a handful of exceptions – must complete an online search form that includes their contact and travel dates, and the address at which they will isolate themselves.
Persons who fail to do so could be fined £ 1,000 in England and the police may use “reasonable force” to ensure that they comply with the rules.
Border guards carry out checks upon arrival and can refuse entry to a non-resident foreigner who refuses to comply with the regulations.
Failure to fill out the Locator form will result in a fixed criminal complaint of £ 100.
The quarantine regulations must be checked every three weeks, the first by June 29th.
They could be in force for a year if the legislation expires unless the government decides to abolish it earlier.
Travelers arriving from the shared travel area – which includes Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands – do not need to isolate themselves unless they have arrived at the CTA in the past 14 days.