COVID 19: IMPORTANT ADVICE & INFORMATION

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE ACROSS ENGLAND

As of 12th April, the following measures are now in place:

  • Indoor leisure facilities (for individuals or household use), outdoor attractions, libraries and community centres, personal care premises, all retail, outdoor hospitality, all children's activities, domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation (households only) are all now re-open
  • Event pilots are taking place to allow spectators to return to watching cultural or sporting events in-person
  • 15 people are now permitted to attend funeral wakes and wedding receptions
  • Travel should be minimised where possible
  • You must only socialise indoors with people you live with, or are in your support bubble
  • Up to six people, or two households, may meet outside
  • You should still work from home if you can, and only travel when necessary
  • If you have symptoms of Covid 19 (further details below) then please stay at home and get a test

Further guidance on the what you can and cannot do under the current rules, please visit (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There are three simple actions we can all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Keeping our hands washed regularly
  • Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Staying at least 2 metres apart, or or 1 metre with with a face covering or other precaution

Do not leave your home if you or someone you live with has one of the following:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste 

If you have any of these symptoms, please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test for information on getting a test. Please do not call 111 unless you cannot cope with the symptoms at home, your symptoms get worse, or if they do not get better after seven days.

From 9th April, free, regular, rapid tests will be available to everyone across England. Further information is available at Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Please use the hotlines and links below which should be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, as we continue our fight against the virus:

Update on travel advice:

Update on education and childcare:

Update on support for businesses, employers and employees:

Protecting our mental health:

The Government has now established a Whatsapp service that those wanting the latest, factual information can sign up for. To register, just add 07860 064422 to your contacts and then message the word 'hi'. You can also now download the NHS Covid-19 App for free, for contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. More information is available at https://covid19.nhs.uk/ 

All of these advice pages are subject to change as and when circumstances change, but I will keep the links and hotlines updated when necessary. If there is anything that I can do to support you, your family or your business or organisation in these challenging times, please do not hesitate to email me at james.morris.mp@parliament.uk 

A roadmap for emerging from lockdown restrictions:

The Government has produced a plan for ending the lockdown restrictions in England, with a series of steps for the lifting of some measures at each stage en route to resuming a normal way of living again. Each stage of the lifting restrictions will be subject to four tests:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  2. Evidence shows that vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

Subject to these tests being met, the roadmap for the further lifting of restrictions will be as follows:

  • On 17th May: There will be a re-opening of indoor entertainment and attractions, organised adult indoor sport, remaining accommodation facilities, remaining outdoor entertainment, and up to 30 people will be permitted at most significant life events. There will be a 30-person limit on outdoor gatherings, with the Rule of 6 or two households only for indoor gatherings. Some larger events will be permitted with capacity limits, and international travel can resume subject to review.
  • On 21st June, all legal limits on social contact and gatherings at life events will be removed, as well as the re-opening of nightclubs and larger events

Further information on this roadmap, and the tests required at each step, is available at COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)