Stay vigilant to stop Covid in its tracks
As we approach the next step in the Government’s roadmap (Monday 19 July), the county council is encouraging people to go forward with caution, as Covid cases continue to rise.
The move to Step 4 of the roadmap means that legal restrictions around face coverings and social distancing, limits on the number of people who can meet up and working from home will be lifted.
Whilst some measures will no longer be a legal requirement, some will remain like test, trace and isolate, which will continue to play a key role in managing the virus and reducing the risk of it mutating and new variants developing.
Sarah Scott, executive director of adult social care and public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Monday 19 July is the next step in the roadmap, but it’s not the last step in overcoming Covid and with cases still increasing it’s right and encouraged for people to move forward with caution. We must go on supporting, respecting and protecting each other in the actions and decisions we take.
“Getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination remains our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 and those people who are most at risk from the virus. Regular rapid testing will also help to stop Covid in its tracks whilst reassuring you that you are still doing everything you can to ensure you don’t pass the virus on to those you care about.”
Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid.
Alongside other businesses and individuals in the county, the council will also be taking the next step cautiously by gradually bringing staff back into council buildings and continuing to ask them and visitors to wear a face covering when moving around, while maintaining social distancing for the comfort and safety of everyone.
Visitors to the council will be asked to check in using the NHS App to help facilitate the track and trace process.
Information on rapid testing including details of pharmacy on-site testing and Pharmacy Collect can be found at: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/testing
To find out more about how to get the COVID-19 vaccine visit the NHS Covid website