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CoVid-19

*NEW UPDATE*

COVID-19 RULES RELAXATION – STEP 4 - 19th JULY 2021

With effect from Monday 19th July 2021, the Government is relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions as follows:

  • Face coverings will no longer be mandatory in England although:
    • You should wear a face covering if you feel that the situation demands it – for example in a very crowded location or in the proximity of a vulnerable person.
    • Some retail, entertainment and hospitality venues may continue to ask you to do so.
    • Face coverings will continue to be mandatory on public transport in London.

            So please continue to carry a face covering with you.

  • Nightclubs and other businesses previously closed may re-open and table service only in hospitality venues will be lifted.
  • The 1 metre social distancing rule will be lifted unless:
    • You are self isolating after a positive test.
    • You are at an airport to prevent mixing with arrivals from high risk countries.
  • The “Rule of 6” for indoor meetings and the limit of 30 people outdoors will cease.
  • Sporting stadia can return to full capacity.
  • There will be no limit on named visitors to care homes.
  • Working from home guidance will be lifted.

Within all these relaxations, you are strongly encouraged to exercise personal responsibility and common sense and adopt those measures that you believe to be appropriate.

The rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are different and you should check before travel.

 

WALK-IN COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS IN SUSSEX

Please see the attached document for walk-in vaccination clinics across Sussex

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/

 

COVID RULES RELAXATION – STEP 3 OF THE ROADMAP

 

FROM MONDAY 17th MAY 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021, the Government, currently intends to proceed to Step 3 of the Covid Roadmap. This means :

Meeting up

·     People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors

·    Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed

·    Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events

·    The number of people who can attend a funeral will no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue

·    Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)

·    Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home

Social distancing with close family and friends will be a matter of personal judgement. However you are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.

Social distancing will remain in place in social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.Youwill still need to wear face coverings on transport and in shops, unless you are exempt.

Leisure and entertainment

Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors

·    Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas can open

·    Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen

·    Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors

·    Steam rooms and saunas may reopen

·    Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen

Education

·    Face coverings no longer recommended in secondary schools for pupils

·    All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching

Travel

·    You will be able to travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when you return

 

 MONDAY 12th April 2021

The UK government advice has changed with effect from Monday 12th April, as it continues its roadmap out of lockdown:

COVID LOCKDOWN ROAD MAP

With effect from Monday 12th April 2021 more businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet but please remember that social distancing and facial covering rules continue to apply.

From Monday 12th April, the following additional activities will be allowed:

·    All shops allowed to open

·    Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open

·    Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors

·    Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres

·    Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation

·    Weddings - up to 15 people

·    Funerals - up to 30 people, with 15 at wakes

·    Children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity

·    Care home visitors will increase to two per resident

 

In addition, with effect from Monday 29th March, the following activities have been allowed in England:

 

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

 

A full list of the Government's lockdown restrictions is at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Vaccine roll out in East Sussex

The latest information on the vaccination programme in Sussex is available on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website, including an FAQ, public leaflets and a list of vaccination sites.

 

We are all being advised to get tested, should we show symptoms, please continue to promote this message to help us control the virus.  Further details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested In the event that people with symptoms are unable to obtain a local test, it is not recommended that they travel long distances. Government advice is to try booking again in a few hours. A good time to try is 8pm when new slots are made available.

 

Please find below some links to other useful information during the coronavirus emergency

East Sussex Community HUB 

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/

Information from NHS

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Information from UK government 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

Information from UK government for employers and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Information from Wealden District Council 

https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/

Information from Neighbourhood Watch about protecting the vulnerable and isolated 

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/protect-isolated-and-vulnerable-during-covid-19-outbreak

Information from OFCOM on possible Scams

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/coronavirus-scam-calls-and-texts