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Covid roadmap Step 4 is delayed

On Monday evening, HM Government announced that it will be another 4 weeks until we move to the fourth and final step of the roadmap out of lockdown. There's been a fast increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and consequently the Delta/Indian variant is now the dominant strain in the UK. ‘Step 4’ of the roadmap would have removed all limits on social contact. The delay will allow for more time to gather data, whilst also allowing thousands more people to get vaccinated before restrictions lift.

From 21st June there will be no limit to maximum capacity for weddings or wakes. Instead, maximum capacity will be determined by how many people can be in the venue while socially distancing. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings will still have a limit of 30 people.

The rules on in-person council meetings remain unchanged from the 17th May ‘Step 3’ easing. To read the guidelines for town and parish council meetings, and to learn how to conduct risk assessments/ halls assessments to ensure member’s safety, please visit our dedicated meetings page here.

A reminder of the rules which will currently remain in place until Monday 19th July:

  • You can meet in groups of 6 or 2 households indoors, or groups of 30 outdoors.

  • You can make your own choices on close contact, such as hugging your friends and family.

  • You can stay overnight with people outside of your household. Accommodation businesses are open.

  • Retail and indoor entertainment venues such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas are all open with Covid-safe measures.

  • Hospitality venues are open indoors and outdoors, with rules on social contact.

  • If you live in a care home, you can have up to 5 named visitors.

  • You can take part in organised indoor and outdoor adult sport.

  • To find out more about Step 3 restrictions, visit the government’s do’s & don’ts page here.

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