Yesterday evening, building on the great progress made on vaccinations including the extra second doses deployed in the last four weeks, the Prime Minister confirmed that step 4 on the roadmap to recovery will go ahead on the 19th of July. This means:
- You will not need to socially distance from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues will be able to reopen.
- All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events will be lifted.
- Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.
- 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 no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
There’s much more detail on the removal of restrictions on the government website here - https://tinyurl.com/kc94nx8p
Therese said: "Whilst the decision today is good news, I think it’s important to reiterate what the Prime Minister said yesterday that. Covid hasn’t gone away. We know that the Delta variant is more transmissible but the vaccine in most cases is defeating the virus and hospitalisation is significantly reduced. We should take it steady though. While a lot of the legal restrictions will come to an end, I think people will have developed a lot of good habits that will endure and will be situation specific. On a crowded train, I would probably put a mask on. Going into a pub, I would be happy to not have to book way ahead and be able to order a drink at the bar, though table service has been a blessing. In my time as a Suffolk MP, I have found that folk have usually got the balance right and are sensitive to their neighbours and communities. It is that personal responsibility that we must all take on as we learn to live with Covid.
I also want to reiterate my huge thanks to all those who have helped make the vaccination programme a huge success. Even now though, there are some people who think they need not get the jab. Please do step forward so we don’t end up stepping backwards."
If your aged 18 or over and you haven’t been vaccinated yet then please book one at http://www.nhs.uk/.../corona.../book-coronavirus-vaccination or by calling NHS 119.