Stay Safe as Roadmap Out of Lockdown Pauses - (COVID Update - 25 June 2021)

Published: 25 June 2021

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Stay Safe as Roadmap Out of Lockdown Pauses - (COVID Update - 25 June 2021)

As the roadmap out of lockdown pauses, please remember to keep following the latest guidance, and stay safe. For the latest information, please see the GOV.UK website – and remember hands, face, space, fresh air.

Lockdown latest

From 21 June, Government announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place. For more information on what you can and cannot do, please see the latest Government guidance.

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.

How the rules changed on 21 June

From 21 June you can have more guests at weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events following a funeral depending on venue capacity and how many can be safely accommodated with social distancing.

The rules on care home visits and domestic residential visits for children also changed on 21 June.

A limited series of pilot events are also taking place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. This includes some UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and a small number of other sports, arts and music performances.

For more information, please see the GOV.UK website.

Symptom-free testing

Symptom-free home testing kits are widely available at hundreds of pharmacies and workplaces across Kent and can also be ordered online and delivered to your door.

Everyone without symptoms should get tested twice per week. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so it's important to get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.

With home tests more readily available across Kent, the KCC testing site at Sandwich closes today. For more information on KCC testing sites, please see the KCC website.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should NOT visit a symptom-free testing site and continue to self-isolate. You can book a test for people with symptoms by visiting the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

Vaccinations update

The Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs, at large vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals. For more local details, please see the CCG website.

The vaccine is currently being given to people who:

  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Have a learning disability
  • Are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

For more information on COVID vaccinations, or for details on how to book your vaccination, please see the NHS website.

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