On the 14 June, the Government announced that most of the restrictions that are in place will remain until the 19 July 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be a review in two weeks time and he was "confident" the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks, but he could not rule out the possibility the date could be pushed back further.
The delay is because of concerns over the Delta variant of Covid. Cases are growing by about 64% per week and in the worst affected areas are doubling. As a result more time is needed to vaccinate people before remaining rules can be lifted, the PM said.
A few restrictions are being lifted:
- The number of guests at a wedding will no longer be limited to 30, although venues and hosts will have to do a risk assessment to ensure social distancing can take place (similar rules apply to wakes)
- Care home residents will not necessarily have to self-isolate after leaving their care homes, and they will be able to nominate an "essential care-giver" who can visit, even if they are self-isolating
- Children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30 with, for example, the Scouts or Guides, or as part of summer residential schools
- Also, large events pilots will continue, including more Euro 2020 games and a number of other sports, arts and music events
The Government says that more detail about these changes will be published over the next couple of days.
Ministers still have to consider the findings of reviews on face coverings and social distancing before deciding when all limits could be lifted.
What restrictions are still place:
What does this mean for our services to you?
- Up to six people or two households can meet indoors
- Pubs and restaurants table service only
- Theatre and cinema audiences limited to 50% capacity
- Biogger crowds allowed at some pilot events for sport and entertainment
- Social distancing remains in palce
- Nightclubs remain closed.
We had planned to offer more face to face visits from the 21 June. As most of the restrictions remain in place we will be continuing to work as we have over the past few months.
- We will continue to provide all services as we have done since the initial lockdown including repairs, servicing of heating systems and other safety-related work, estate services such as cleaning and rubbish clearance
- Where staff and our contractors are required to visit you or a site we will continue to do so, taking all necessary precautions – social distancing and hand washing, as well as face coverings while on site or in your home. We would ask that you ensure that you also take all necessary precautions and keep socially distanced from our teams as they go about their work
- If you report a repair we will contact you to see when you would like the work done, ensure we work safely in your home and ask you to help us. You can read more about how we work safely in your home. Please let us know if anyone in your home is displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
- You can contact us by phone, email, through the website using the Chat Bot or an enquiry form, you can also send us a whats app message or use social media if you need to get in touch. Get in touch here.
- Our ChatBot is available 24/7 and can answer most questions for you – including sending you a rent statement, or being able to report a repair
- We will re – open community halls for events where it is possible to remain covid-secure with social distancing in place
- Our reception service at Eversholt St will remain open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, closing for half an hour at from 12:30-1pm to enable a break for staff and for cleaning
- Communal lounges in retirement housing will not re open until the final step in the Government roadmap.You can see our roadmap here (this is in line with current Government Guidance and may change.)