Newsletter from Gloucestershire County Council
What are the latest changes to the covid rules and how will this affect me?
- Face coverings will become mandatory in most public venues (other than hospitality venues) from 10 December, unless exempt. Masks continue to be required on public transport and in shops.
- From Monday 13 December, people are being asked to work from home if they can.
- From Wednesday 15 December you must show a valid Covid pass to enter certain settings.
- If you come into contact with an individual who may be infected with the Omicron variant, you will need to self-isolate. This applies even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under.
- International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival. They will only be permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If their test result is positive, they will need to isolate for 10 days.
- View the latest drop-in vaccination clinics on the NHS vaccination Covid portal.
- Covid hangs around like smoke so if you’re meeting with others inside, make sure to let fresh air in.
- Find out more about the latest Covid guidance by visiting the Government website.
Visit the County Council website for the latest covid information and local test centre locations.
In England the rules will be further eased on May 17th 2021
From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.
Read the guidance on what you can do.
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on 12 April. You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap out of lockdown) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. You can also read the law that underpins these changes and the ongoing restrictions.
From 12 April:
- Non-essential retail will be able to reopen
- Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
- Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
- Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
- Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
- Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
- Indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
- Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
Individuals who need to self-isolate because of coronavirus will still be able to vote in the local elections through new emergency proxy voting measures.
The move is one of a number of measures the government is putting in place to allow for fair and COVID-secure participation in the upcoming council and mayoral elections in England, and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
The legislation, which has been laid before Parliament, will allow anyone who is self-isolating due to COVID-19 to access an emergency proxy vote, up to 17:00 on election day.
For further information read here.