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Updated: 19 July 2021

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Restrictions Update - Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - Ongoing Updates/Information

Most legal restrictions have been lifted as we reach step 4. The majority of our adult population have been vaccinated. 

We should not expect today to be remembered specifically as a day of freedom. 

 

It should be noted as an important step forward in our recovery strategy and I hope that people do what is sensible. 

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.

 

Life has to go on as best as we can and I echo the Prime Minister’s words: if not now, when?

 

We want to be free of the effects and the damage of Covid. 

 

We will want to have health. We want to restore prosperity. We need to accept self-discipline.

 

We need to understand there will be some necessary rules and guidance as well.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future.

 

We need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. Details on what restrictions and guidance remain in place are below. An explanation of what has been lifted is further.

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. The Government has set out certain restrictions remaining in place:

  • 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.
     

  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
     

  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:

 

The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;

  • being outside or letting fresh air in
     

  • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
     

  • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high-risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
     

  • whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer

 

Restrictions Update:

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
 

  • You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
     

  • However, 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, proximity and duration 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 limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is 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.
     

  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

 

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable:

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you should think particularly carefully about precautions you can continue to take. These precautions are included in the guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.