On Monday 14 June, the UK Government said it would delay easing the Coronavirus restrictions until Monday 19 July.
Although Bristol is not one of the areas in England where the new version (variant) of COVID-19, known as Delta and first found in India, is extremely high, the number of people catching the Delta variant is increasing at a fast rate. Our current rate of infections is 165 cases per 100,000 (up from 63 just 10 days ago) and is increasing.
But it’s not all bad news, as 244,629 adults aged over 16 who live in Bristol have had at least one vaccine dose.
Step 4, the final stage, was meant to happen on Monday 21 June but now won’t happen before Monday 19 July at the earliest. So we are staying at the Step 3 stage until then.
However, some restrictions did change on 21 June. Since 21 June, these 5 changes apply:
1. More than 30 people can attend a wedding, civil partnership ceremony, reception or/and celebrations but must be seated at tables or sit in groups of up to six people or two households.
2. More than 30 people can attend a funeral or linked commemorative events following a death but must sit in groups of up to six people or two households.
3. A small number of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. This will include some UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and a small number of other sports, arts and music performances.
4. More than 6 people or two households can visit care homes, provide emergency help or care for Disabled or vulnerable people. Care homes may have certain COVID guidelines which you may need to follow.
5. More than 6 people or two households can meet for certain childcare situations (separated parents or guardians, children in care, etc.).
What this means you can do
You can do the things which came with Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the Government’s roadmap. This includes:
Step 1 (8 and 23 March)
All children back in school
Step 2 (12 April)
All shops open,
Outside eating and drinking at pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Step 3 (17 May)
From 17 May people can:
Eat and drink at pubs, cafes and restaurants, indoors and outside, at tables.
Holiday accommodation in the UK open and travel across the UK allowed,
Outdoor meetings of up to 30 people,
Indoor meetings of up to 6 people or 2 households,
Outdoor contact sports,
Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions, leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools open (with limits),
Care home residents can receive visitors.
What this means you cannot do
a. You cannot go to nightclubs as they remain closed full stop.
b. You cannot go to a theatre, cinema or public event when they are at their maximum capacity which is currently limited to 50%.
c. Social distancing is still in place.
d. You still cannot meet with more than 6 people or two households indoors. But if you have 5 people, or another household visiting, it is still much safer to stay outdoors.
e. You still cannot meet with more than 30 people outdoors.
To find out more about what you can and cannot do in England, go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
To find out more about information on Covid-19 in Bristol, go to https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/what-you-need-to-know or Tel: 0117 922 2000.