Yesterday the Government announced that step four in its roadmap out of lockdown will see the end of legal restrictions designed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The move away from legally enforced rules will leave decisions about how to protect themselves and their community from Covid-19 in the hands of North Somerset’s residents and visitors.
In response North Somerset Council’s health leaders urge everyone to keep Covid risks low in North Somerset by keeping up the work they have been doing to protect the area.
Executive member for health, Cllr Mike Bell, said: “Restrictions may end on 19 July, but Covid-19 will not. Case numbers are still rising across England, including in North Somerset, in part thanks to the more transmissible Delta variant.
“That means many people will still catch the virus, some of whom will suffer serious ill-health and even lose their life.
“It is therefore important that everyone continues to do their bit to think of and protect others. The risk of infection is lower outdoors and hand washing is still essential to make a difference.
“I also encourage people to continue wearing a face covering in busy indoor settings and on public transport.”
Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, added: “It’s really important to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of Covid-19 – a temperature, a new continuous cough, or a change in your sense of taste or smell.
“Book a test and stay home to avoid spreading the virus. If you need support, including £500 if you’re self-employed, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together
“Nearly two thirds of adults in North Somerset have now got the best possible protection against Covid-19 as they have had two doses of the vaccination. If you’ve not booked yours yet, do it today to reduce your risk as we unlock.
“And keep looking after each other and be kind. Everyone has had a different experience of Covid and some are feeling more nervous about the end of restrictions than others.”
Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 can book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
Everyone can also get twice-weekly free rapid tests to help check if they may be infections with coronavirus without symptoms. For more information about these tests visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting