Residents will be aware that the government has announced a four-week pause at Step 3 of its ‘roadmap’ to lift lockdown restrictions.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on Monday 19th July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
However, some restrictions will change 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
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 Guidance on Staying at Home if you have COVID-19 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.
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 vulnerable, and 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.
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 Coronavirus or calling 119
Speaking for Halewood Town Council, Mayor Cllr Ken Dalton commented:
“Though disappointed at the delay to ending restrictions, the council respects the necessary delays made by government. As Mayor, I am aware the continuation of restrictions has impacted a number of functions and family celebrations planned at our centres, but I am pleased to know many are rescheduled already for later in the summer. As ever, we ask residents across the township to be mindful of the continued risks with coronavirus, and follow the important advice”.