North East Lincolnshire is in on the journey out of national lockdown.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay alert and follow the restrictions in place to continue to protect the NHS and save lives. You should follow this guidance and as restrictions are eased they will be updated to reflect new rules.
The government has published the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
From 12 April:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
Actions you can take to help
You will find lots of useful information in the following links about the virus, information about the current lockdown and important actions you can continue to take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when you do leave your home.
We can all continue to take the actions below:
- Keeping your distance. This means keeping 2 metres between yourself and anyone you don't live with
- Paying attention to any COVID safe instructions you're given by staff at the place you're visiting
- Washing your hands often with soap and water and using hand sanitiser in shops etc.
- Wearing a face covering, if you're able, on public transport, healthcare settings, shops & where you can't keep a safe 2 metres from others. Some people genuinely can't cover their face and that's okay too. You can find out about exemptions to wearing a face covering and download a card that explains to people why you are not wearing one by visiting our face covering page.
- Being aware of symptoms and be prepared to self isolate and get a test.
- Ventilating your home and other indoor places by opening windows regularly
The following links will tell you more about the actions you need to take and give you information you need to know:
- Vaccine FAQs and resources
- COVID vaccination videos in different languages
- Social Care Workers COVID vaccinations
- Unpaid Carers COVID vaccinations
- What to do if you have symptoms
- Find out more about Testing and Tracing (this will take you to the relevent section of the NHS website)
- Information about face coverings
- Information about COVID-19 in North East Lincolnshire (this will take you to the relevent section of the North East Lincolnshire Council website)
- National information and guidance about COVID-19 (this will take you to the relevent section of the UK Government website)
- Information for clinically vulnerable people
- Information to help you recover if you have had COVID-19
- Information about COVID-19 and care homes
- Information about using pharmacies during the pandemic
Recovering from COVID-19
If you or someone you're caring for has had COVID-19 or you suspect the illness was COVID-19, please have a look at our recovering from coronavirus page. Alternatively, you can download a printable version of Recovering from Coronavirus (PDF). Even fit and healthy people may find it takes them longer to bounce back than after a normal viral infection such as flu, and there are steps you can take to help you on the road to recovery.
COVID-19 Vaccine scams
There are many scams going round to do with COVID-19 whether about the vaccination, testing or financial support. Please share this with your family and friends as anyone can become a target of scams.
Throughout this pandemic cyber criminals are preying on the fears people have of coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ text messages that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link. Messages claim to be from a known entity, such as the NHS, the UK government or the NHS Test and Trace Service.
Further advice and information is available on how to protect yourself. You need to be able to spot a scam, verify the message and take action if you receive a scam text, phone call or email message. Find out more about COVID-19 scams on our Countering NHS Fraud web page