Roadmap out of lockdown

Step 4 of the roadmap 

The government has announced that England will move into step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown from Monday 19 July.

This means that many of the outstanding legal restrictions on meeting people and attending events will soon be removed from this date.

For more detailed information on the changes from 19 July, visit:


From Monday 19 July:

Step 4 isn't a full return to normality. It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19. While cases of COVID-19 are high and rising, everyone must act safely and responsibly and remain cautious. To help prevent the spread you should:

  • Get your first and second vaccinations when eligible to do so.
  • Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Continue to take regular lateral flow test twice a week.
  • Limit the close contact you have with people outside of your household, increase close contact gradually – limiting the number, duration and proximity of your social contacts
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • Continue to wear a face covering in crowded spaces and on public transport.


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: 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

NHS Test and Trace App

It is no longer a legal requirement for businesses to display the QR Code, though businesses are encouraged to support the NHS by encouraging customers to check in.


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

Or by ordering a home test kit online on the website


As well as community collect sites you can now collect COVID-19 tests from 50 pharmacies in Redbridge which can be found by searching online here.

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.


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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