Advice for a local lockdown
In some parts of the country the government is putting restrictions back in place, following concerns about a potential second wave of Coronavirus.
Local lockdowns have been announced at short notice and this can create anxiety and uncertainty – as new rules come into force.
Read our advice on what might happen during local lockdowns and how to prepare for them.
Your support network is locked down too
Many families who were shielding were lucky enough to be supported by other family, friends and colleagues. However, if there is a local lockdown, it’s likely these support networks will be under the same restrictions. You can leave the house for essential travel, medicine and food. However, it is safer to arrange food delivery services from your local supermarket. You can get priority home delivery if you’re vulnerable or shielding.
Your school or college is closed again
All schools and colleges have been told to prepare for a local lockdown as a precaution. As before schools will remain open for children of key workers and children who are considered vulnerable. Otherwise, for lots of pupils, education will go back to online learning instead of in the classroom. Here we have collected lots of fantastic resources that are entertaining and educational for children and young people with autism.
Your mental health is suffering
For many, the prospect of lockdown easing and lives becoming more social again is exciting after such a long period of isolation. The thought that lockdown restrictions might be imposed again is daunting and scary.
It’s important to remember, that we have been through it before. We are resilient and we can do it again. Lockdown measures are there to support vulnerable people as well as ourselves. There have been lots of new methods of communication and activities discovered over this period, it’s never too late to suggest regular Zoom quizzes with friends or go back to picking up that new hobby. Our health and wellbeing page has articles on how both parents and carers and young people with autism can support their mental health.
Your routine is confused
Home schooling, no school, back to school. Bed by 7pm, then 12am, then back to 7pm. It’s confusing! Routines are important and help manage anxiety for children and young people with autism. Even though a lockdown might be imposed again it’s important to stick to as many routines as you can. Visual stories can help you and your family create new, smart and predictable routines.
You miss your loved ones
It’s totally normal to miss your friends and family, you might even be worried about them. For many of us, it’s been a long time since we hugged our grandparents or friends. But the sacrifices we are making are for everybody’s benefit. It’s important to try and maintain contact with family, they might be lonely too. Try group video calls where you all eat dinner together or watch a film on Netflix on the new group setting.
You’ve already had Coronavirus
Even if you have already tested positive for Coronavirus, there is no guarantee that you won’t get it again or pass it onto others. A local lockdown will be imposed if the number of cases is exceeding the usual rate of infection. To stay safe, your family and your community must follow lockdown procedures. Although the virus is more dangerous to vulnerable people who may be older or have underlaying health conditions, it can affect others as well.
Needing regular medical attention
There may be a lag between a government announcement of a local lockdown and guidance being published by your local NHS service or doctors. If you or your family require medical treatment, appointments or prescriptions first look to your local council for information on the geographic area that is included in the lockdown and what to do next.
If you have symptoms, it is important that you get tested as soon as you can. This will help to determine how you should support yourself and how others can work to support you. Our visual guide on getting tested for Coronavirus can help you and your child or young person with autism understand the test whilst this guide explains how to do a home test.