Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Last Updated: 20/07/21 09:00

Current Alert Status 

As confirmed by the Government, most legal restrictions in England have now been lifted, meaning:

  • 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.
  • 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 any limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There are also 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.
  • There are no longer any restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

Please remember, Covid-19 has not gone away and caution is still needed to keep yourself and others safe

Businesses and venues
Remaining businesses such as nightclubs are now allowed to reopen, with limits lifted at sporting & entertainment events and hospitality venues no longer required to provide table service or to follow social distancing rules. Please keep an eye on business specific guidance for updates on working safely

Remember you still have a legal duty to manage risks at your premises and you should have a risk assessment which includes Covid-19 and you should take reasonable steps to mitigate any risks identified.

QR codes
Businesses are encouraged to continue to display the QR code for customers who still wish to “check in” with the NHS test and trace app.

Covid Pass
The Government are encouraging organisations in higher risk settings to use the NHS Covid Pass in order to minimise the spread of Covid-19. This might be in a setting which perhaps attracts a large crowd. Please note, this is not currently mandatory and should not be used as a condition of entry to essential services and essential businesses such as retail.

Useful links
More information on the above
Press release 12 July
Information on the NHS app
Press release 19 July

GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19) what you need to do