Last updated: 15 June 2021 at 8.15am
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised press conference last night (Monday 14 June) that there would be a delay to the lifting of COVID-restrictions under the government's roadmap out of lockdown for England.
Instead of moving from step three to step four of the roadmap next Monday (21 June), a four-week pause was announced. This means that we remain at step three until Monday 19 July.
The decision was prompted by concerns that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is now spreading faster than the third wave predicted in the February roadmap - growing by about 64 per cent per week. The average number of people being admitted to hospital in England has increased by 50 per cent week on week. The delay to further lifting of restrictions will give the NHS the chance to vaccinate more people.
The prime minister said the data will be monitored and that if after two weeks the risk has diminished then there is the possibility of proceeding to step four and full opening sooner.
The guidance has been updated, reiterating the restrictions and what we can and cannot do, including:
- You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
- You can meet up indoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to six from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of six) or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible).
- If you are meeting friends and family, you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from them, but you should still be cautious. You should read the guidance on meeting friends and family.
- Most restrictions on meeting people outdoors have been lifted, but gatherings must not exceed 30 people unless covered by a legal exemption.
- You should continue to work from home where you can.
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June, with changes then to the rules on:
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
- commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
- large events pilots
- care home visits
- domestic residential visits for children.
Hands, face, space, air
To help control the virus and protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
Meeting outside is the safest way to see others, but if you need to let a tradesperson or other visitor into your home, you should always open windows to let fresh air in.
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs, what you can and can't do
- NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), including what to do if you think you have it and how to reduce your chances of getting it
- Guidance on use of face coverings on public transport
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From Monday 26 April, residents across the borough can access free supervised testing or self-testing home kits from pharmacies across Hampshire.
Regular, twice weekly testing is being encouraged for everyone without symptoms, to help identify more positive cases and break chains of transmission.
In Hampshire, over 200 pharmacies are providing the national collection scheme and from Monday, over 40 of these pharmacies will also be offering on-site supervised lateral flow testing. This is a drop-in service but anyone wishing to have a supervised test is advised to phone ahead where possible, to enable pharmacy staff to schedule appointments and reduce waiting times.
The borough’s symptomatic testing site, now located at Churchill Way long stay car park, will also continue to offer test kit collection for people without symptoms from 2.30pm to 8pm, alongside the pharmacy scheme.
Lateral flow testing and the test kit collection scheme are for people without symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus must book a PCR test by visiting the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.
Hampshire COVID-19 data
- Council meetings
All committee, Cabinet and Council meetings are now held virtually and are live streamed on the council's website in the same way as they would normally be webcast to allow residents to watch the committee meetings live.
- Service updates
- Community hub
Working with Basingstoke Voluntary Action and others, we are helping coordinate community support during the pandemic.
- Council tax support
Following the government’s announcement of a new Hardship Fund to help vulnerable residents pay their council tax, we received further guidance on the measures and implemented some changes.
Business advice, support and guidance
The government has put in place a number of measures to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have a webpage with advice and support for businesses
Guidance in different languages
British Sign Language
COVID-19 posters and information in 18 different languages
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has created a collection of COVID-19 information sheets in multiple languages to display in venues across the town.
These are available below and translated into the following languages: Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Chinese, Guajarati. Russian, Nepalese, Malayalam, Bulgarian, French, Hindi, Romanian, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Arabic.