Below is local information to help you during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please note these pages and links are updated as regularly as possible.
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Roadmap out of lockdown
How are rules changing on 12 April in England?
Non essential shops, hairdressers, gyms, outdoor hospitality and self-contained holiday accommodation can now open in England as part of the next stage of easing lockdown rules.
Outside, six people or two households can meet – even in private gardens.
You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.
Mixing indoors with people not in your household or bubble is still not allowed .
The following is now permitted or allowed to open:
- All shops
- Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services
- Restaurants and pubs (serving food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors)
- Gyms, spas, zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
- Holidays in England in self-contained accommodation by members of the same household
- Non-essential journeys between England and Wales
- Weddings – up to 15 people
- Funerals – up to 30 people, with 15 at wakes
- Indoor children’s activities
- Two care home visitors per resident
- Driving lessons – with driving tests restarting on 22 April
From 17 May, two households or a group of six may be able to meet indoors in a pub or other hospitality venue such as restaurants.
International leisure travel may resume.
Cinemas, museums, hotels, performances and sporting events will also reopen, with up to 30 people able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.
The final step from 21 June will potentially see all legal limits on social contact removed, with the final closed sectors of the economy reopened – such as nightclubs.
Progressing along the schedule will depend on four tests: the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, an assessment of new variants, and keeping infection rates below a level that could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
The Government has published the Covid-19 Response-Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This summary explains how the Government will lift restrictions over time.
REMEMBER: Hands, Face, Space
- Hands: Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
- Face: Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Space: Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
Up to date information can be found on various NHS or government websites. Links can be found below. These are updated regularly by the NHS and Government
You should follow the NHS and Government advice.
Do not leave your home if you have any of these symptoms:
- A high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature but >37.8C is high)
- A new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Anosmia – loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. Either you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
To find out what to do, use the NHS 111 coronavirus service
To avoid spreading the Virus, DO:
- Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces
- Stay 2 metres apart from people not in your household or bubble
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family