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COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol 

By April 15, 2020National News

Updated in line with regulations limiting the number of people permitted to attend a support group to 15.

Added statement on hands, face, space; updated guidance on return to school; added links to social distancing and what you can and can’t do; amended to reflect change to 6 people meeting.


The collaborative endeavours of the drug and alcohol treatment workforce are an essential and highly valued element of our national response to the risk presented by COVID-19. The utmost care should be taken of both staff and service users, who are likely to come under additional stress during this difficult and unsettling time. 

People who misuse or are dependent on drugs and alcohol may be at increased risk of becoming infected, and infecting others, with COVID-19. They may also be more vulnerable to the impact of infection with the virus, due to underlying conditions. 

This guidance will assist commissioners, managers and staff in addressing coronavirus and associated disease (COVID-19), in drug and alcohol services, including services for young people. 

You can read the full guidance here (opens in a new tab) 

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