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Coronavirus guidance for the public

Page updated: 21 July 2021

Government guidance and advice

From 19 July 2021:

England moves to step 4 of the roadmap, but while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. 

Full guidance on the new measures is available on the government's Coronavirus website

Although most legal restrictions are lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. It is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk.

  • There are no limits on the number of people you can meet, and you do not have to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  • However to minimise risk, limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. 
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government recommends a gradual return to work over summer.
  • Legally you do not have to wear a face covering, but the Government recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations) but continue to follow guidance to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home.

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

This government guidance should also still be followed:

  • continue to wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser
  • do not leave home if you or anyone you live, with has symptoms , unless you are getting a Covid test
  • ensure you isolate if: you are symptomatic , you test positive, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Provide details of all your contacts if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

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