New changes to Covid-19 guidelines from 12th April

Government Covid guidelines will change from 12 April

The government has set out a clear pathway that each step of their roadmap out of lockdown must meet 4 criteria before continuing to the next step.

The Four Tests

  • Test 1: The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Test 2: Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Test 3: Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • Test 4: Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

We are currently on track to meet these guideline and if this continues to be the case by 12th April we will start Step 2.

  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Libraries and community centres.
  • Personal care premises.
  • All retail.
  • Outdoor hospitality.
  • All children’s activities, indoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).
  • Domestic overnight stays (household only).
  • Self-contained accommodation (household only).
  • Funerals (30), wakes, weddings and receptions (15).
  • Minimise travel. No international holidays.
  • Event pilots begin.

Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt.

People should continue to work from home where they can, minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays will still be prohibited.

At Step 2, the Government will take a decision on extending the number of care home visitors to two per resident and set out a plan for the next phase of visits.

At this point, funerals can continue to proceed with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

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