Coronavirus Update – We Enter Step 3!

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With the rest of England, we are now moving ahead with coming out of our national lockdown as we have now entered Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap.

Step 3 has come in today (17th May) which means that we can now meet more people outdoors (up to 30), can now meet people indoors (group of six or two households), travel the UK and internationally, go to indoor entertainment, attractions and events and eat or drink inside a cafe, pub or restaurant.

Whilst this is great news for us all, there is still a long way to go.  The situation internationally, across Europe and in India, is a reminder of the dangers of this virus.  By getting back to basics and supporting one another, we can get back to the things and people we love sooner.

Testing is available to everyone in Bristol, and now we’re opening up our city even more, it plays an important role in finding cases of COVID-19 and helping people to isolate.  Even though our rates are low, people can still pick up the virus and could be spreading it without knowing.  Alongside testing, vaccinations are an absolutely vital tool in helping us get back to the things we love.

It remains important that, throughout this phased unlocking, we remain patient and treat each other with kindness.  The changes to the rules around social distancing will mean that some people will want to give their friends and family a hug and others will want to continue keeping their space from others.

We must be aware that for some people the risks of close contact may be greater than others.  In some settings, such as care homes or indoors in a restaurant, there will be detailed COVID secure help that people need to follow, even when they are with friends and family.  Let’s all be respectful of one another’s wishes and work together to find the right balance as we look forward to recovery.

You can find more information on the Bristol City Council website – https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/what-you-need-to-know or Tel: 0117 922 2000.

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