Last updated: 11 May 2021 at 9.30am
From Monday 17 May 2021, the country will enter the next step of the government's roadmap out of lockdown for England. People should continue to work from home where they can and travel safely by avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
From 17 May:
- People can meet indoors but the rule of six, or two households, will apply. Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted but gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
- Guidance has been updated on close contact with friends and family but people are encouraged to consider the risks of COVID-19 and actions you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- The rules on visitors for care home residents and for residents leaving for outdoor visits has been updated to allow up to five named visitors (two at any one time) if they test negative for COVID-19.
- All higher education students will be able to access in-person teaching and pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in secondary schools.
- Indoor hospitality can reopen but customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
- Other indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas and children’s play areas, will also be able to reopen in addition to other accommodation venues such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
- Indoor adult group sports and exercise classes can resume as well as support groups of up to 30 people.
- Some larger performances and indoor sporting events can resume with a capacity of 1,000 people or 50% capacity (whichever is the lower number) and the return of outdoor performances with a capacity of 4,000 people of 50% (whichever is the lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
- Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people but will be determined by the limit the venue can safely accommodate social distancing. Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, wakes and other commemorative or life event ceremonies.
- There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required for international travel. However, a traffic light system will be in place for international travel and you must follow the rules when returning, depending on what country you have returned from.
Roadmap out of lockdown
The plan will be implemented in four steps, with milestone points expected at Monday 8 March, Monday 29 March, Monday 12 April, Monday 17 May and Monday 21 June, depending on analysis of the scientific data. At each step, the restrictions will be lifted across the whole of England at the same time.
Please take a look at the video below which explains the government's roadmap:
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
- Find coronavirus help and support
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.