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Advice for people living in shared accommodation

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has produced guidance for residents living in shared accommodation during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

With the latest guidance to stay at home as much as possible, it’s even more important to follow a good hygiene routine and maintain social distancing.

Time spent in shared spaces such as kitchens should be minimised to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
You should frequently disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces, such as light switches, door handles and remote controls.

If you can, you should use separate bathrooms, and if you do share a bathroom or toilet you should clean after use and use separate towels.

If you have one, use a dishwasher for washing and drying crockery and cutlery and if hand washing use separate tea towels to dry.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Staying at home, maintaining social distancing and washing your hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds remain the most effective means of preventing the spread of coronavirus. It’s really important that people in shared accommodation follow a strict cleaning and hygiene routine, particularly as they are asked to stay at home wherever possible.”

If a resident becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms
If a resident becomes unwell, they should arrange to be tested. You can book a test and isolate from other household members. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

You can find more information about self-isolation and treatment on the NHS website.

If you have symptoms and need help with shopping or other tasks, call the Knowsley Support and Volunteer line on freephone 0800 073 0043.