Coronavirus guidance for the public

Page updated: 12 April 2021

Government guidance and advice

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

Rule of six

Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Up to 6 people or 2 households can continue to meet outside

Shieldng ended on the 31 March - more advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents

However, Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. Full guidance on the new measures is available on the government's Coronavirus website.

Check details of the extended furlough scheme and other economic support here.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

This government guidance should still be followed:

  • social distancing of 2m in public places
  • wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use sanitiser
  • do not leave home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms, unless you are getting a Covid test
  • wear a face covering in enclosed areas including essential shops and public transport unless exempt
  • ensure you isolate if: you are symptomatic, you test positive, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Provide all your contacts if contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

This will be enforced by the police where necessary, please call 101 to report and visit Thames Valley Police website for more information.

Further advice