Can I go to the dentist in lockdown? Here’s how new restrictions effect treatment
A fresh lockdown coming into force within days will have left many frantically cancelling appointments.
But a date with the dentist is a vital service – and many will be concerned they will lose their appointments as businesses are forced to shut down once again.
Dentists were closed to all but emergency appointments during the early stages of the first lockdown.
But there will be different rules in place for the second national lockdown, which comes into force from Thursday, October 5, until at least Wednesday, December 2.
Dentists will remain open during the fresh coronavirus lockdown that kicks in on Thursday, it has been confirmed.
They will remain open for appointments, including regular check-ups during England’s second major shut-down.
Businesses including non-essential shops will be forced to closed once again in the government’s latest bid to curb spread of Covid-19.
But the British Association of Private Dentistry assured dental practices were considered essential.
The association tweeted: “Despite an impending lockdown private practices will remain OPEN.
“It’s safe and essential to attend the dentist.
“We remain open to all, for both routine and emergency treatments. #DentalCare”.
One of the reasons people are permitted to leave their home is for “medical reasons, appointments or to escape injury”.
Boris Johnson urged people to continue to use the NHS for treatment during his speech on Saturday, in which he outlined the new rules.
He said: “So please – this is really important – unless your clinicians tell you otherwise, you should continue to use the NHS, get your scans, turn up for your appointments and pick up your treatments.
“If at all possible, we want you to continue to access these services, now and through the winter.
“Indeed it’s only by taking this action that we can protect the NHS for you.”
Under the new rules, people are allowed to leave the house for a limited number of reasons.
There will be no time limit on how long people can go out for exercise.
People can also go outdoors for recreation with their own household, or on their own with one person from another household.
People will not be allowed to meet in homes and gardens, except for with members of their household ‘bubble’.
People can also leave home to shop for food and essentials and to provide care for vulnerable people or volunteering work.
Overnight stays outside of the home will only be allowed for work purposes, the new rules state.
Click here for a list of reasons you are allowed to leave the house under the new coronavirus lockdown rules.
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