The following are details of the Coronavirus guidance which is effective from Wedensday 13th May.
As has always been the case, anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus should continue to self isolate and not leave their house for any reason.
Continue to work from home wherever possible. If you cannot work from home, you should travel to your workplace if it is open. Workplaces should implement the new “COVID-19 Secure" guidelines which are available on the UK Goverment website.
Schools will continue to remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children but closed for all other pupils.
When travelling, avoid public transport as much as possible due to the difficulty maintaining social distancing and the increased risk of infrected surfaces. Instead, choose to walk, cycle or drive where possible.
If you do have to travel by public transport, it is important to maintain social distancing at all times.
With many people returning to work it is likely we’ll see an increase in mobility. The Government are now advising that if you are going to be in a situation where social distancing may not always be possible, then you should wear a non-medical face covering to help prevent transmission to others (this isn’t to protect yourself but to help prevent spreading the virus to others if you are asymptomatic).
Face coverings should not be used on under 2’s or anyone who may struggle to manage them correctly such as young children or those with respiratory conditions.
Guidance on making and using a face covering is available here.
You can exercise outside as many times as you wish in a day, and this includes things like angling and tennis, but you still won’t be able to use outside gyms and playgrounds due to the risk of surface contamination.
You may also exercise with one person from outside your household, although you must maintain 2m social distancing from them at all times.
You can also use public spaces without the need to exercise (such as sunbathing), including meeting up with one person from outside your household, but again, you must follow the social distancing guidelines of 2m distance between them and you at all times.
Restrictions on driving are also being relaxed and you can drive any distance to a public space, although do not travel to other parts of the UK such as Scotland and Wales, as they have different rules in place.
It is important to note that if the infection rate increases due to the relaxation of the rules, greater restrictions will be put back in place so it is important to always maintain the 2m social distancing guidelines from those outside of your household.
The full guidance document can be viewed here and a further FAQ is available at the following link: