COVID-19 in Sefton

National Lockdown - 17th April 2021

National lockdown rules on what you can and cannot do have changed again.

Most restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been although gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal.

Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households still applies.

Indoor hospitality has reopened but customers need to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations that have opened up 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels, hostels and B&Bs and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.

Some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues can go ahead with reduced capacity.

Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

On 12 April the following re-opened:

  • non-essential retail;
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons , including those provided from a mobile setting;
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres;
  • outdoor hospitality venues with table service only;
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts);
  • smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds; 
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble;
  • all childcare and supervised activities indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • self-contained accommodation for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble;
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

 

Find out more about how the rules have changed.

Link to an easy-read guide to Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.

Keeping ourselves and others safe

We all still need to follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if we have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

This includes staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in our household or support bubble where possible.

Face coverings

We need to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless exempt.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

From Thursday 1st April, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance and protect yourself.

COVID Testing

Anyone showing any of the symptoms of

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • a loss of/ change in smell or taste 

should immediately arrange to get a coronavirus test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119

Testing for the variant first identified in India

Walk-through SMART COVID-19 testing for residents who DON'T have COVID-19 symptoms is now taking place.

SMART testing will tell you if you have COVID-19. You will get your result in 30 minutes.

It is currently being prioritised for those who have to leave the house for work. 

Find out out more about COVID testing for people who DO and DON'T have symptoms



Keeping ourselves and others safe

We all still need to follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if we have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

This includes staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in our household or support bubble where possible.

Face coverings

We need to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless exempt.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

From Thursday 1st April, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance and protect yourself.

You can find a breakdown of what this means for Sefton Council services here

Clinically extremely vulnerable people

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. We recommend that you do not attend work.

Government guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

 


Last Updated on Friday, May 21, 2021

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