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Most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 will be lifted on 19 July
The Government is going ahead with Step 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown.
From Monday 19 July, most legal restrictions on social distancing will be removed. But with an expected “exit wave” of cases – and more hospitalisations and deaths – people are urged to act carefully, take things steadily and remain cautious.
- Some key protections are staying in place, including covid safety measures in all healthcare settings
- There is guidance for people who are extremely clinically vulnerable. See Step 4 information below.
'Road map' out of lockdown - Step 4 gets green light
The final step on the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead on 19 July, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.
He says that the Government’s four tests to proceed have been met:
- the vaccine roll out continues successfully
- evidence shows vaccines are working to reduce hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19 in vaccinated people
- there is not a surge in Covid cases which would put too much pressure on the NHS;
- the risks are not changed because of new variants of concern.
What will change
From Monday 19 July, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted. 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.
Face-coverings will no longer be mandatory but will be recommended in crowded indoor areas and on public transport.
Although many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19.
So some key precautions will stay in place from 19 July, including:
- 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.
- Border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
- Cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high
Shielding to end
People who are at high risk of coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer advised to shield as of 1 April 2021.
But the government still recommend that you take extra precautions to protect yourself while the virus is still spreading in our communities.
You can form a support bubble with another household if:
- you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
- you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
- your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
- your household includes a child with a disability who needs continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
- you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults
If you think you might have coronavirus
A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
What to do if you have these symptoms
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self isolate.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate. What this means is you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus. If you live alone, you should stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, then you must stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. However, everyone else in the household who is well must stay at home and not leave for 10 days.
For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.
Other places for information:
Where can I get a vaccine?
A schedule of all Bexley Clinics is available on the London Borough of Bexley website, and is updated regularly: COVID-19 vaccines | London Borough of Bexley
You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number to get your vaccine.
If you have questions about the vaccine get the facts here.