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RELAXATION OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS FROM 4TH JULY, 2020

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as possible without compromising the health and wellbeing of the populace. The measures set out are in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. From the 4th of July, 2020, the following guidelines will apply;

  • you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open – but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
  • other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household
  • It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law

Moving forward, from 4 July, people will be trusted to continue acting responsibly by following this and related guidance, subject to an upper legal limit on gatherings (as described above). The overwhelming majority of the British public have complied with the regulations, and the wider guidance on how to keep them and their friends and family as safe as possible. Taking this into account, we trust people to continue acting responsibly, and to follow the guidance on what they should and should not do.

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

Gatherings of more than 30 people will be prohibited, apart from some limited circumstances to be set out in law.

Although the lockdown rules would have been greatly relaxed, the central message of staying alert still remains to ensure we prevent a second wave. The social distancing rule has also been changed from 2m to 1m plus which means that although you may stay within a meter of someone, you are still expected to use some form of face covering like masks, shields etc. This will eventually be our new “normal” for the foreseeable future. Does that mean you will still need to queue for your medications? Of course, because only a limited number of people can be accommodated in an enclosed space under the current Covid-19 laws. At Prime Health Pharmacy, you do not have to queue because your medications would be delivered directly to your home and any location of your choice. As many businesses re-open, why not take advantage of our prescription collection and delivery service and have your medications delivered to you at home or at work? Also, if you are worried about how to get your flu jab for the next flu season, why not contact us on 01133453194 or enquiry@primehealthpharmacy.co.uk. If you are an employer, we can arrange to come to your premises and vaccinate your employees.

For further advice on the lockdown relaxation rules coming into effect from the 4th of July, 2020, why not visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july