Government guidance after Monday 19th July - Step 4
Since Monday 19th July, most COVID restriction have been lifted because England is now in Step 4 of the Government's roadmap.
This means that:
- you do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- but, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, closeness and length of social contacts.
- you should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- the requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- there are no longer be legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). However some venues may still limit the number of attendees permitted, in line with risk assessments and the venue’s safe capacity.
- There are no requirements for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- all remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues havebeen able to reopen. Find out more.
- there is no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
However, the Government has kept a number of key protections in place after Monday including:
- testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- the expectation and recommendation that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport and busy indoor areas.
- being outside or letting fresh air in.
- minimising the number, closeness and length of social contacts.
- Government advice also includes the recommendation of a a gradual return over the summer. It is also encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings.
It is also reminding everyone aged 18 and over that they should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Even if you have been fully vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and pass on the COVID-19 virus to other who may be vulnerable.
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
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.
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.
We need to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless exempt.
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.