Our director for Public Health has written the following message, as changes to the lockdown restrictions come into force today.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire said: “From today, we can begin to reunite with family and friends. I know how much we have all missed seeing our loved ones during the last year, and how much we are all missing the day to day normal life we would usually be leading. I know this is a huge milestone for us all but it is really important we do all we can do to stay safe whilst we are seeing and catching up with others.
I know you are well aware of the Hand, Face, Space steps, by now it has become a part of all our everyday lives. Our vaccine programme in Worcestershire is progressing well, giving us real reasons for positivity and hope as we look forward to the Spring and even further ahead. Our vaccine take up remains high and I would encourage all those eligible to take up the offer of a vaccine when it is offered to you. These rule changes are a step in the right direction, brighter times are ahead. Please remember your actions now will shape our future. Please continue to do all you can to stay safe, follow the guidelines as we look forward.”
The rule changes from today mean that:
Gatherings of six people from multiple households, or an unlimited number from just two households, will be able to meet up in private gardens and outdoor spaces.
People from different households can meet in groups of six. People are still not able not allowed to stay inside for a long period of time or hold indoor dinner parties.
Two households will also be allowed to meet up outside and unlike in the previous lockdown, there is no limit on the size of households to allow for greater flexibility and to avoid penalising larger families.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, golf courses, and open-air swimming pools, will reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports such as grassroots football.
For more information, on the government’s plan, please visit the dedicated March 29 restrictions changes page of the GOV.UK website.