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COVID-19

Please read the following:

Lockdown Easing:

From Monday 12th April 2021, lockdown restrictions which have been in place since January will be further eased. This means:

  • A number of businesses can reopen, including non-essential retail, personal care premises, libraries, community centres, indoor leisure and sport facilities, outdoor attractions such as zoos, and outdoor hospitality venues
  • Some smaller outdoor events will be allowed, such as fetes, literary fairs and fairgrounds
  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors. Parent and child groups can take place indoors for up to 15 people (not counting children under 5)
  • Weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people, including in indoor venues that are permitted to open. Wedding receptions can take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to reopen for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

You must still not socialise indoors with anyone from outside your household, unless you have a legally permitted reason, and socialising of groups of more than six outside is also prohibited under most circumstances. You should also continue to limit your travel where possible

Full details of what is allowed can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

The rules on what is allowed and what is prohibited may change, so please consult the government website for the latest advice.

Self-isolating if you or a member of your household has symptoms:

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell) you should self-isolate for ten days. Other members of your household should also self-isolate for ten days. You can find full details on the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

If you are struggling with getting basic necessities because you are self-isolating or shielding, you can contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s helpline:

Email Address: covid@eastriding.gov.uk

Phone number: 01482 393919

Face coverings:

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, in shops and in some other indoor settings. Those with certain medical conditions and children under 11 need not wear them. If you fail to wear a face covering, you could be subject to a £200 fine.

For full guidance please see this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Financial support:

The government has provided a wide range of grants, loans and tax breaks to help businesses, employees, and the self-employed. This financial support package has been further updated by the Chancellor in his most recent budget. To find out more, go to the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Here, you can also find out about travel advice, school closures, and other public services and businesses.

The government has announced a roadmap out of lockdown, proceeding cautiously in stages. You can read further details here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

As restrictions start to ease and we benefit from more freedoms, I encourage everyone to remember that what is permitted is not always wise, and to exercise caution in the weeks and months ahead.