The coronavirus lockdown has seen many health services shut down and only provide emergency treatment, as social distancing and self isolation measures make working safely in the age of COVID-19 very difficult. A podiatrist (chiropodist) can help you with common foot problems, including ingrown toenails and bunions.
July 4 will see the biggest shake-up of lockdown rules to date, with the hospitality sector finally being given the green light to operate again.
Speaking to the House of Commons, Boris Johnson announced the loosening of most restrictions which have been in place since March 23.
He said: “My duty, our duty as the Government, is to guide the British people, balancing our overriding aim of controlling the virus against our natural desire to bring back normal life.
“We cannot lift all the restrictions at once, so we have to make difficult judgments, and every step is scrupulously weighed against the evidence.
“Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be.”
Many non essential medical services have been put on hold
Chiropodists are classed as key workers
When will chiropodists open?
Chiropodists have been open throughout the crisis, as they are classed as essential medical care.
However, the decision to stay open has been down to individual clinics, so not all have stayed open.
They have been open for urgent care, but not for general check-ups, but many have been providing telephone and online advice.
Chiropodists have been open for essential care
You will need to contact your local chiropodist directly to see if they are still operating throughout lockdown.
Chiropodists which have remained open have had to make sure they are COVID-19 secure, putting measures such as telephone screening and increased hygiene practices in place.
Recently dentists and other routine medical services have been able to reopen.
Despite the loosening of guidelines, scientists have emphatically stressed guidelines must be adhered to in order to avoid a second wave of the deadly virus, which has already killed over 42,000 people in the UK, one of the worst death rates in the world.
Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a second wave of coronavirus.
In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of life.
The presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Nursing, Physicians, and GPs all signed the letter.
The Department of Health said it would continue to be guided by the latest scientific advice and would give the NHS “whatever it needs”
From July 4, the two-metre rule will be relaxed to ‘one metre plus’, meaning if you need to come within two metres of another person you should be mitigating the risk by wearing a face mask or taking other precautionary measures.
Chiropodists deal with foot issues, including ingrown toenails and bunions
Households will also be allowed to visit each other and socialise inside or outside, however, only members from one household at a time will be able to visit.
But, unlike the bubble system, people will have to maintain social distance – so family members who live apart will not be able to hug.
Weddings will also be allowed to take place again from July 4, but a maximum of 30 guests will be allowed and social distancing must also be observed.
The changes also include vast amounts of the economy being allowed to reopen, with pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels all permitted to trade again in early July.