Coronavirus guidance

These are our recommendations regarding coronavirus and some resources to support you during this time. We'll continue to monitor government advice on the subject and will review and update this page accordingly. Please do check back regularly.

08 Nov 2022

Most restrictions have been lifted, yet cases of COVID-19 will continue. We should all continue to follow health and safety measures to keep all community members safe and comfortable.  

In-person activity

As well as continuing to follow essential public health advice (hands, face, space and fresh air), United for Warm Homes groups should always follow official public health legislation. Across and within each nation – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – laws and guidelines vary. Please refer to the relevant governmental and local authority websites to find out about restrictions.  

Please be mindful of your group and community by prioritising health advice such as social distancing, hand sanitiser, wearing masks or, where possible, holding online meetings and events. 

Before organising any in-person gathering or event:   

  • Consider more vulnerable people in your group and your community, and plan activities that are inclusive, making every effort to enable them to participate. We suggest you continue to hold some of your meetings online for example, so that those who can’t meet in person can stay involved.    
  • COVID-19 should be addressed in your regular risk assessment for any event where members of your group will interact with the public. Our risk assessment template is available to use for in-person events. Please send your completed assessment to your group’s relevant staff contact.
  • During these times of hardship, you may apply to the United for Warm Homes Fund to cover the costs of lateral flow tests for your group.   

If you're planning on attending an in-person event: 

  • We encourage you to take a lateral flow test beforehand, even if you don't have COVID-19 symptoms, to ensure you aren't infectious. 
  • If possible, wear a mask at all times during the event. 
  • Don't attend any in-person event if you feel unwell or receive a positive lateral flow test result. 
  • Third-party events may have their own COVID-19 measures and guidance. Make sure to check these before attending. 

Other things to consider

  • Digital campaigning resources – We’ll continue providing you with the tools, resources and support you need to hold meetings and plan campaigning work both online and offline.
  • Solidarity – Now is an opportunity to show solidarity with other people and groups in our communities. Read our guide to standing with your community
  • Mental health – We know it’s a scary and challenging time. It’s important that you take precautions to look after yourselves and each other. For mental health support, reach out to your GP, or contact Samaritans  on 116 123. 

We'll continue to monitor government advice on the subject and will review and update this page accordingly. Please do check back regularly. 

If you have any questions or a suggestion on how we can support you, please email [email protected]