COVID-19 in Sefton

Government guidance after Monday 19th July - Step 4

The Prime Minister has announced that from Monday 19th July, most COVID restriction will be lifted as England moves to step 4 of the roadmap. This means that  from Monday:

  • you will 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.

  • 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 will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

  • there will 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. Weddings in all council venues will remain as they were during level 3 (before 19th July). There are restrictions in place at Sefton Council chapels of rest. To find out more click here.

  • There will be no requirement 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 will be able to reopen. Find out more.

  • there will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

You can find the full guidance here.

However, the Government is keeping 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 19 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.

The Council has also urged people to remain cautious, and considerate to others amid growing infection rates locally and nationally.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “COVID-19 continues to be with us in Sefton and that presence will continue after Monday 19th July but if we all continue to take the precautions that could protect ourselves and others, we can carefully continue down the path back to normality.” 

Step 3 restrictions

In June, the Government announced a four-week pause at Step 3

Step 3 restrictions remain in place until Monday 19th July and you should follow the guidance on this page, which explains what you can and cannot do.

Some restrictions changed on Monday 21 June from when there will be changes to the rules on:

  • weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
  • commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
  • large events pilots
  • care home visits
  • domestic residential visits for children

You can find out full  details here.

Most restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been lifted 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 Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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