In Hertfordshire we know that there has been a significant increase in COVID cases in recent weeks, so we can’t afford to let our guard down.
We will be moving to Step 4 of the roadmap from Monday 19th July next week. However, the pandemic is not over, cases are increasing rapidly. Although in Step 4 many of the legal restrictions will be lifted, cautious guidance will remain as this is not yet a return to normal. We still need everyone to do the basics:
- Get vaccinated if you’re 18 or over
- Testing when you have symptoms using a PCR test, and isolating when positive or contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or when advised to by the NHS COVID-19 app.
- Keep washing your hands thoroughly and regularly
- Ventilate workplaces and social spaces
- Take a rapid or ‘lateral flow’ test twice a week, if you don’t have symptoms
Step 4 means that there will be no legal limits on social contact or life events, and the reopening of nightclubs and larger events. While we are moving away from most legal restrictions, the guidance is there to help us all act responsibly. While cases of COVID are rising rapidly in our area, it is essential that everybody follows the guidance and takes action to protect themselves and others. Many shops, businesses, employers and individuals will choose to continue with social distancing and wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas.
Are you one of the million? This week saw us reach two notable milestones, with 1,000,000 Hertfordshire and west Essex residents having had their first dose and 750,000 now fully vaccinated. Some really remarkable teamwork has gone into achieving these results. It has never been easier to get vaccinated, with over 400 walk-in and pop-up clinics offering first and second doses in just a two-week period. Vaccine centres are offering longer opening hours for walk-ins so people can turn up without an appointment at a time that suits them. As well as sessions for Pfizer and AstraZeneca, some centres are offering the Moderna vaccine at walk-in clinics.
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You can find more information about the vaccination programme, including FAQs and resources for adults with learning disabilities and resources in different languages and formats Click Here
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