Guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness & rough sleeping update

On 14 December the government guidance published by Public Health England and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government titled COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping was updated.

The guidance has been revised to reflect that the self-isolation period has been reduced to 10 days.

The guidance covers:

  • Hostels with individual self-contained rooms with en-suite facilities that have shared kitchens
  • Hostels without individual self-contained rooms and that have communal facilities

Local providers will need to make an assessment on which areas of this guidance are most relevant for their particular circumstances and setting. Factors determining this could include the extent to which any facilities are shared, and the staffing set up in the accommodation.

Commissioners and providers should make an assessment on how their accommodation is able to meet current guidelines on social distancing, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and self-isolation and plan their response. They should ensure that they have understood how they can apply guidance on case management and isolation to the hostel setting, particularly how the definitions of household and non-household contacts will apply to residents

The revised guidance can be found here.