19 July - Moving to Step 4
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government are keeping in place key protections:
- 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 or when advised to by the NHS COVID-19 app.
- border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries, and for those people arriving from amber list countries, other than those UK residents fully vaccinated in the UK vaccine programme.
- cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
- whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer;
- Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
- being outside or letting fresh air in; and
- 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 to help to limit the risk of infection. The Government will work with organisations that operate large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of the NHS COVID Pass. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating the NHS COVID Pass in certain venues at a later date.
- 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.
Keeping yourself and others safe
More information about moving to Step 4 can be found on the Government website.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
Know where to go when feeling unwell
- Know where to go when feeling unwell by using the Frimley Heath Care information flyer
- Use 111 first for urgent help that isn’t a life-threatening emergency
- GP and primary care services remain open for you if you have health concerns
- Get your flu jab and wait to hear from the NHS for when it is time for you to be vaccinated against COVID-19
NHS COVID-19 App
- support traditional test and trace methods
- inform the public of rising rates in their postcode area
- alert them if they've been in contact with someone who has tested positive (even if they don't know them)
- provide a 'checking in' function based on QR codes displayed in venues and public spaces
- allow people to check their symptoms, and book a test if they need one
Self Isolation Guidance
Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person can be viewed on the Government website.
Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus
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