COVID-19: communities

Information and guidance related to asylum and migration, community cohesion, religious groups and other communities.


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Asylum and migration  

The Home Office has issued a factsheet on asylum applications and a more detailed update for councils on asylum accommodation and support (not for onward publication without Home Office permission). The Home Office currently does not require individuals and families to leave asylum accommodation once their claim or appeal has been decided, in line with national guidance, which will be kept under review. The Home Office and Providers are to work with councils to identify new accommodation as the number of supported asylum seekers grow, including potentially in areas that have not previously agreed to dispersal. Reporting requirements and substantive interviews are also postponed for now. 

Initial guidance from government looks at meeting statutory duties to accommodate and care for unaccompanied asylum seeking childrenResettlement to the UK has paused. 

Government also has produced guidance on support available to those who currently do not have permission to live permanently in the UK. The NRPF Network has developed a factsheet on councils’ roles and responsibilities for supporting people with no recourse to public funds during the pandemic. The LGA is calling for a temporary suspension of the condition during the current crisis.

The Greater London Authority has developed information for non-UK nationals

No NHS charges can made to an overseas visitor for the diagnosis, or, if positive, treatment, of the coronavirus. 

Contact your regional Strategic Migration Partnership for more information on all these issues.

The Government has published guidance on how to self-isolate for those travelling to the UK.

COVID-19 and ethnicity webinar 

Translated materials 

Doctors of the World: coronavirus advice for patients in a range of languages (in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice)

GOV.UK – guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection (Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese/Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Pubjabi, Urdu, Welsh)

GOV.UK – translated guidance for self-isolation and social distancing (Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh)

GOV.UK – advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Guidance to and from religious groups 

GOV.UK – guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July

GOV.UK – places of worship to reopen for individual prayer

GOV.UK – guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

Church of England: guidance on COVID-19

The Catholic Church has provided its own advice on the virus

The Muslim Council of Britain has published guidance on the outbreak as well as guidance on how to celebrate Ramadan whilst social distancing at home (pdf, April 2020)

Transportation, storage and disposal of dead bodies and compliance with Islamic Burial Rites (pdf, 12 April 2020)

Letter from LGA to Muslim Lawyers Pro Bono Group regarding transportation, storage and disposal of dead bodies (pdf, 28 April 2020)

GOV.UK – letter to local authorities to work with faith groups and funeral directors

Guidance for gypsy, traveller and liveaboard boater communities

Friends, Families and Travellers: guidance for gypsy, traveller and liveaboard boater communities on staying at home with coronavirus

GOV.UK – mitigating impacts on Gypsy and Traveller communities

Tackling extremism

Advice for parents, guardians and carers on staying safe online (pdf, 6 May 2020)