England has moved to Step 4
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at Step 4 and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgment to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. No situation is risk free, so we all need to understand the factors and settings that increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and the actions that we can all take to reduce COVID-19 infection, both for ourselves and for others.
Following this guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.
While coronavirus cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government are encouraging us to continue to protect ourselves and other people by:
- testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
- following cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
- whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return
- the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
- being outside or letting fresh air in
- minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this.
FAQ's - What You Can & Can't Do
For the full list of all the things you can and can not do, please see the government website.
It answers all your questions regarding meeting friends and family, playing sports, sitting in someone's back garden, using public transport, going back to work, information for people with carers, for people that are shielding, travelling for outdoor activity and excersise.