|The majority of lockdown restrictions lifted in England |
Today, England enters the final stage of the Government’s lockdown easing roadmap. This step sees the the majority of social distancing measures lifted, including: No limits on how many people can meet1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering)Face coverings no longer required by law, although the government still “expects and recommends” them in crowded and enclosed spaces like public transportNightclubs can reopenPubs and restaurants no longer table-service onlyNo limits on guests at weddings and funeralsNo limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports eventsNo restrictions on communal worshipNo limit on visitors to care homesTraveling to and from England has also changed from today. Those aged 18 or under and fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self-isolate after visiting amber list countries.
With lockdown being eased, the Government are recommending caution. Even while you are out enjoying the re-opening of many businesses and seeing loved ones again hygiene advise is still being recommended. This can include, continuing to wash your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in crowded places and booking your Covid vaccine as soon as you can on the NHS website.
East of England public health chiefs come together to urge caution
With more than 40% of people in the local region yet to be double vaccinated, council leaders and directors of public health from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk have come together to urge caution, collective responsibility and kindness ahead of restrictions being lifted today.
They have pointed to recent rises in infections in the younger age groups– which is beginning to lead to significant increases in people aged 60+ across our region. And they have re-iterated the steps that everyone needs to take to protect the most vulnerable.
“The key thing people can do to ‘play their part’ and help society to open up more is to make sure that they are double vaccinated as soon as they become eligible – in Suffolk we are particularly highlighting that a single jab is only half the job – and by getting vaccinated, and testing regularly we can protect those who are more vulnerable,“ said Stuart Keeble, Suffolk’s Director of Public Health.
Read more on the County Council’s website.
Safety measures and visiting restrictions to continue at Suffolk hospitalsCoronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures will remain in place at hospitals run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).Although lockdown restrictions have been lifted, Coronavirus safety measures that have been in place at ESNEFT throughout the pandemic will not be changing yet.National guidance issued this week says people in healthcare settings up and down the country must continue to stick with measures including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. Therefore the Trust will continue to follow all Public Health England infection prevention and control guidelines and visiting guidance in its hospitals.
Learn more on on the ESNEFT website.
Norfolk and Waveney vaccination bus provides 1000th vaccinationThe vaccination bus launched by NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in April provided its 1000th vaccine this week at a pop-up clinic held on the University of East Anglia UEA campus.Vaccinations were provided at the UEA to students, staff and members of the public, with more than three hundred people vaccinated over two days.
After the success of schemes like the vaccination bus, Norfolk and Waveney continues to make excellent progress with its COVID-19 vaccination programme. The latest data revels that 91% of people over the age of 18 have had their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 72% of this group having had their second dose.
Get the full details on the CCG’s website.