Guidance and information on Covid-19

Guidance and information for Integrated Retirement Community Operators on Covid-19

Information and guidance from ARCO's latest Member Update, sent 08/04/2022:


Letter from DHSC on recent guidance changes 

Attached to this email you will find a new letter from DHSC, summarising the most important recent changes to guidance. The letter includes information on testing, PPE, vaccines, isolation for care home residents, and staff movement. 

Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable

This guidance was updated on 1 April 2022 and is relevant to persons who may previously have received a letter or email identifying them as someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), and they may have been advised to shield during earlier stages of the pandemic. 

Removal/replacement of guidance documents 

The following guidance documents were updated on 1 April 2022 to say they will be withdrawn on 4 April 2022:

  • COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in extra care and supported living settings: Guidance on asymptomatic regular testing for eligible extra care and supported living (ECSL) services.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing in adult care homes Guidance on regular asymptomatic testing for staff, residents and visiting professionals in adult care homes.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for anyone working in adult social care who is not part of regular testing at work: How anyone working in adult social care in England who is not part of a regular testing regime at work can access daily COVID-19 testing.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers and service users: Guidance on regular asymptomatic rapid lateral flow testing for staff and service users in eligible adult day care centres.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers: Guidance on regular asymptomatic rapid lateral flow testing for staff in registered homecare agencies.

Instead, adult social care staff and residents should be managed as per the COVID-19 testing in adult social care guidance updated 31 March 2022. 

And all adult social care settings should be managed in line with the UK Infection Prevention and Control guidance applicable from 4 April 2022.



Information and guidance from ARCO's Member Update, sent 01/04/2022:


Government sets out next steps for living with COVID

The Government has this week published the next steps for living with COVID-19. Key points that the Government has highlighted in this include: 

  • Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff once the universal testing offer ends on 1 April and next steps for adult social care set out. More information on free testing specifically can be found here
  • Plans in place to enable rapid testing response should a new health threat emerge, such as a new variant of concern emerge
  • Vaccines and treatments mean we can transition to managing COVID-19 like other respiratory illnesses, with updated guidance published on 1st April

Updated guidance 

The updated guidance referenced in the plan for next steps was published today, 1st April. The key pieces of updated guidance include: 


DHSC are hosting webinars for care home, non-care home, and all setting service managers on 6, 7, and 29 April respectively, chaired by the Chief Nurse of Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy OBE. These will support the sector to implement the new guidance and to address questions and concerns about the policy changes.All care managers are being encouraged to register in advance for the relevant webinars through the following links:


Find out more from ARCO: 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, ARCO has shared and provided advice on Covid-19 guidance through a variety of mediums, including daily update emails, regular online discussion and bulletins.

  • If you would like to receive the weekly Covid-19 update email that ARCO sends out, including all the latest information and guidance relevant for Integrated Retirement Communities, then please email Sam Dalton, Policy and External Affairs Manager, via
  • If you work for an ARCO member and would like to join our fortnightly calls to discuss the latest Covid-19 guidance and have your questions answered, then please email Sally Ireland, Barrister and Head of Regulation and Compliance, via