The pathway out of lockdown

3:08pm - 26 February 2021
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The roadmap out of lockdown has been revealed but we must all continue to play our part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday we now know the plan to ease the country out of lockdown.

The roadmap sets out a series of dates and measures for how England will exit lockdown during the spring.

The dates he gave for re-opening venues are all under constant review and subject to change depending on the latest data.

Vaccines give clear hope for the future but while infection rates are falling, they still remain very high and the impact of Covid-19 is still putting pressure on hospitals.

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So for now, remember we are still in lockdown and the current rules about staying at home still apply.

Very little is changing in the next four weeks except that, from Monday 8 March:

  • you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation as well as exercise. This can be with one other person, your household or your support bubble and you can sit down for a drink or picnic. But you must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household
  • indoor visiting to care homes will be allowed for one named visitor
  • pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can return to face-to-face education
  • wrap-around childcare and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances
  • students on practical higher education courses at English universities can return
  • restrictions on international travel remain.

It’s been a difficult year but we do have hope for the future, with the success of the vaccination roll-out and infection rates coming down.

Remember though, that washing your hands, covering your face and making space are still the most important ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid-19.

If you show symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, you must book a test.

Rapid tests are also available to those who don’t have symptoms. If you work in the community, such as a critical worker or volunteer, you are encouraged to get tested twice a week.

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Find out more information about locations and how to book on the council’s website.

North Somerset Together can also help if  you have concerns about your ability to access essential support at home.

Need other medical help?

If you need other urgent medical help, call 111 first or visit NHS 111 online.

Operators will help you get the right help, at the right time in the right location, such as the Minor Injury Unit in Clevedon.

Light a candle to remember those we’ve lost

Light a candle next month to remember the people we’ve lost in the past year.

North Somerset lost its first resident to coronavirus on 14 March 2020. Since then, a further 334 people in the area have died from the disease.

Anyone who has lost a friend or relative in the past year for whatever reason has not been able to mourn in the usual way due to continued coronavirus restrictions.

Therefore, North Somerset Council is calling on residents to light a candle at 7pm on Sunday 14 March and put it in their window.

This symbolic gesture will provide a moment of quiet reflection for people to remember all those who are no longer with us and hope for brighter days ahead.

You can also share a picture of your candle on social media using #NSTogether to create a virtual moment of remembrance.