This week marks a key moment in our lockdown journey – the Prime Minister has announced a series of lockdown easing rules to take effect from 4 July. The new measures might bring relief for some but for many they bring new challenges.
Whatever situation you’re in, we will continue to support and inform you in the coming months.
NOTE: the new guidance comes into effect on 4th July; until then, the current guidance and regulations apply.
Covid-19 statistics update:
- The number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 12 June 2020 (Week 24) was 1,114 (11.2% of all deaths in that week), the lowest number of deaths involving COVID-19 in the last 11 weeks.
- The estimated number of people with COVID-19 in the community in England was 33,000 at any given time between 31 May and 13 June 2020 (0.06% of the community population).
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease was the most common pre-existing condition found among deaths involving COVID-19
- As of 9am 25 June, there have been 8,710,292 tests, with 167,023 tests on 24 June. 307,980 people have tested positive.
- As of 5pm on 24 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 43,230 have sadly died.
- 3347 total cases in Birmingham, approximately 293 per 100,000 people. (data from gov.uk, updated Jun 25th)
- 2380 total deaths in hospitals in the West Midlands, as of 24 June.
Covid-19 Alert Levels in England:
- Latest R number range for the UK
0.7-0.9 (Last updated on Friday 19 June 2020.)
- Latest growth rate range for the UK
-4% to -2% per day
- The current alert level is 3, indicating that the virus is “in general circulation – social distancing relaxed”.
- What is a growth rate? Read more here
A series of lockdown easing rules taking effect from 4 July:
- Distancing guidelines
- When it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of “one metre plus”. It means staying one metre apart, while taking extra precautions such as covering your face to reduce the risk of transmission
- What is allowed to reopen on 4th July?
- Restaurants, pubs and cafes
- Community centres
- Bingo halls
- Museums and galleries
- Children’s playgrounds
- Funfairs and theme parks
- Amusement arcades
- Outdoor skating rinks
- Social clubs
- Model villages
- Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services, singing will not be permitted.
- Weddings with up to 30 guests
- Holiday accommodation – including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks.
- What must remain closed in England after 4 July?
- Close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open
- Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools, indoor gyms and soft play centres e.g. Wacky Warehouse, Space Hoppas
- Theatres and concert halls will not be able to host live performances
- People in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March.
- Government has updated guidance on “Working safely during coronavirus”, including some general advice for all businesses as well as guidance for specific sectors.
Read the guidance here
- Meeting other households
- Two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside. It will be possible to stay overnight.
- The two households would have to maintain social distancing – unless they were part of the same support bubble.
- The two households do not have to be the same set of households. For instance, it will be possible to meet one set of grandparents one weekend, and the others the following weekend.
- The government does not recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because of the risk of infection.
- Outdoors, people from multiple households will be able to meet in groups of up to six – but two households can meet regardless of size.
- Lockdown will be subject to guidance; regulations will no longer apply therefore the police will no longer have a role in enforcing social distancing measures
- Shielding to stop at end of July in England
- From 6 July, people who have been shielding will be able to meet up to 5 other people outdoors. They must maintain social distancing rules.
- Form ‘support bubble’ with other households – shielders who live alone or are single parents with children will be able to form a “support bubble” with one other household of any size.
- Support packages will remain in place until the end of July to help people transition.
- This means shielders can return to work from 1 August, if they can’t work from home, as long as their workplace is COVID secure.
- Those shielding will no longer be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, if they develop coronavirus symptoms, or someone they know develops symptoms, and they are told to self-isolate and cannot work from home, they will be able to claim SSP.
- Free essential food boxes will stop being delivered, but support from NHS volunteers and local councils is still possible.
- Still qualify for priority slots for online shopping
- Will be offered help with medicine deliveries and getting to medical appointments
Other important announcements:
- Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK
- All children in England ‘back to school in September’
- Daily Government press conference scrapped
Advice from NHS on looking after your health and wellbeing:
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home or outside – see NHS fitness studio: exercises you can do at home
- consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day if you’re indoors most of the day – this is to keep your bones and muscles healthy
Test and Trace:
- Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for a free test to check if they have the virus. This is called an antigen test.
- There is another type of test (antibody test) that checks if you’ve already had the virus. This test is not widely available yet. You can find out about antibody testing on GOV.UK
- You should avoid using public transport if you can. You should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible. Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport. If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers
- It is compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport.
- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) continue to advise British nationals avoid any non-essential international travel.
- If you have travel plans in the immediate future:
- contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
- get in touch with your insurance provider
- For visitors travelling to the UK, they must:
- Provide journey and contact details before travel to the UK – present completed form when arriving at the UK border.
- Visitors may be refused permission to enter the UK (if they are not a British citizen), or fined if they do not provide their contact details or do not self-isolate when they arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020.
- Visitors will not be allowed to leave the place of staying for the first 14 days in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
- May be fined up to £100 if refuse to provide contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.
The Government has introduced measures to ease lockdown as the number of Covid-19 related deaths has fallen. However, if the mortality rate starts to rise again, lockdown will be tightened again. Therefore everyone has a duty to observe social distancing rules and good handwashing and respiratory hygiene practices.
- 目前警报级别为3级，表示“病毒仍然在普遍传播” -但社交距离限制放松。
- 增长率到底是什么？ 阅读更多
- 夜总会和赌场，保龄球馆，水疗中心，游泳池，室内体育馆和儿童软游戏中心 (例如 Wacky Warehouse, Space Hoppas) 保持关闭
- 政策宽松, 法规将不再适用。因此，警察将不再具有执行社交距离措施
- 与其他家庭形成“社交泡泡’’ – 若屏蔽者是单身或单亲父母, 他们能与其他家庭, 不论户口大小形成“社交泡泡’’
- 如果您大部分时间都在室内，请考虑每天服用10毫克维生素D –保持骨骼和肌肉健康