With 86% of UK adults having at least one jab and 64% of UK adults having had two, the Government has announced it will be moving forward with step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown on the 19th July.
Whilst the Government made the difficult decision to delay step 4 from the 21st June to the 19th July, this has allowed for an extra 7 million doses of the vaccine to be delivered. By 19th July, the aim is to have offered every adult a first dose of vaccine and given two doses to two thirds of all adults. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has confirmed that the Government is on track to beat both targets and this success has helped in confirming the go ahead for step 4.
On the 19th July, most legal restrictions will be lifted at step 4. This means:
- 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.
- 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 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 limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). 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.
- There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
Most importantly if you've not yet had your vaccine get booked in as soon as possible and if you've had your first make sure you get both jabs to ensure you have the highest level of protection.
Many businesses in Stoke-on-Trent are keen to get back to normal working and many constituents are keen to restart a normal way of life. The Government has stressed that we must remember that the pandemic is not yet over. We are all encouraged to take caution and continue to protect both ourselves and others whilst enjoying new freedoms.
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