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COVID-19 practice examples - Encouraging people to comply with social distancing and self-isolation

COVID-19 practice - lockdown guidance - Cym.jpgCOVID-19 practice - lockdown guidance - Eng.jpgThe importance of appropriate housing and support has become more evident than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the deep inequalities between those who have good quality housing with outdoor space, poor quality accommodation or no home at all. The Welsh Government and local authorities in Wales have taken swift action to provide emergency accommodation for ~500 people who are sleeping rough or living in unsuitable settings.

However, social distancing and self-isolation remains extremely difficult for people in emergency or temporary accommodation, hostels and supported housing. Communal areas and facilities are common and people often share critical spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, people’s experiences of trauma, mental health problems and/or substance use issues make it even more difficult to stay inside and comply with social distancing, hygiene and self-isolation instructions.

Homelessness and housing support services have had to consider how to encourage people to comply with these instructions, in order to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the safety of their staff and people using services. The Welsh Government has published guidance on this issue, setting out the approach that local authorities and support providers should take.

We have gathered practice examples from across Wales and published them in this report, which illustrates how organisations have utilised their experience and expertise to achieve compliance with lockdown measures.

Download the report in Welsh or English.

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