Roadmap out of lockdown

Step 3 of the roadmap has been extended

The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. Step 3 restrictions will remain in place, and residents and businesses should continue to follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do.

From Tuesday 15 June the majority of the indoor and remaining outdoor businesses will remain open, and gathering limits will remain the same as at step 3 of the roadmap.

Guidance for close contact between friends and family will remain the same, with people exercising their own personal judgement in line with the risks.

The Stay in the UK restriction will remain as Step 3 and people can travel to green list countries, if they permit inbound travel.

Residents and businesses should continue to be cautious and follow the hands, face, space and fresh air guidelines.

More information on the government roadmap out of lockdown here.

From Tuesday 15 June (Step 3 extension):

  • Indoor hospitality reopen and indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums, and children’s play areas.
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet indoors
  • Up to 30 people can meet outdoors
  • All remaining outdoor entertainment reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances. Some larger events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events.
  • Residents can make informed, personal decisions on close contact, such as hugging, with their friends and family. Close contact continues to carry a risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, and people must consider the risk to themselves and to others. COVID-secure rules remain for the workplace and businesses, such as in shops and hospitality.
  • International travel can begin to ‘green’ list countries
  • Face coverings will no longer be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges but twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.
  • Over 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes. The number of people who can attend is determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate, with social distancing measures in place.
  • 30 people will be able to attend a support group or parent and child group. The limit will not apply to children under 5.
  • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms may reopen.

Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. Care home residents will also have greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on their return.

Businesses

Hospitality venues will be able to open for indoor and outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew.

Businesses can visit Shop Safe Redbridge for more information about opening safely including a checklist and further resources.

Business support

There are many ways in which businesses can receive support. Businesses can visit the Coronavirus Information Hub  for more.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021

Work Redbridge service continues to support employers and offers a quality, bespoke and free recruitment service. For more information email: wrfb@redbridge.gov.uk or call 020 8708 23666​

Workplace Testing

Business employees should get a rapid test regularly. This can be done under the workplace testing programme (if businesses have registered), by visiting a rapid test site or through community collect.

More information on rapid testing https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-hub/coronavirus-testing/

NHS Test and Trace App

It is a legal requirement for businesses to display the QR Code in an accessible location and in a visible place. Businesses that are expected to keep a log of visitors and display a unique QR code include:

  • businesses where food or drink is consumed on the premises (pubs and restaurants)
  • leisure and tourism services (such as cinemas and sports services)
  • businesses that offer close physical contact (for example hairdressers, barbers and nail bars) 
  • social, cultural and recreational services

Schools

Face coverings will no longer be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.

Rapid testing twice a week for members of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a secondary school/college pupil still remain and can be accessed:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • At a rapid test site (find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site)
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site. These are available to collect between 8am and 1.30pm at:
    • Gants Hill Library Car Park, Cranbrook Rd, Ilford, IG2 6SX
    • Charteris Car Park, Charteris Road, Woodford, IG8 0AL
    • Mildmay Car Park, 1 Mildmay Rd, Ilford, IG1 1HW

Or by ordering a home test kit online on the gov.uk website

General testing in Redbridge

It is still important to get tested for COVID-19. You can now get tested even if you don’t have symptoms and you can find out more on our testing in Redbridge page.

Vaccinations

Every vaccination gives us hope.

The NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress. When you are invited to get vaccinated, please do so.

Find out more here

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