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COVID-19

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Lockdown Easing:

From Monday 17th May 2021, lockdown restrictions which have been in place since January will be further eased. This means:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people, and indoor gatherings of up to 6 people (or two households) are now permitted
  • Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance is no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
  • Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
  • All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s).
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country

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, 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.