Today, we see another significant milestone in our roadmap out of lockdown as many restrictions are eased. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remain cautious and vigilant in our fight against the virus. That’s why the government is keeping the spread keeping the spread of the variant first identified in India under close observation and taking swift action where infection rates are rising. The current data does not indicate unsustainable pressure on the NHS and our extraordinary vaccination programme will accelerate - with second doses being bought forward to give the most vulnerable maximum protection.
We are able to move closer towards our normal way of life, with more of the indoor and remaining outdoor economy reopening; limits on social gatherings increasing, and travel restrictions within the UK and to green list countries lifting. I realise the details about what we can and can’t do can be a little confusing. This graphic is a handy reminder about what we can do again from today.
It’s exciting to see these restrictions lifted, but now everyone must play their part. You can help by getting tested twice a week, coming forward for your vaccine when called and remembering hands, face, space and fresh air – and to be cautious and take responsibility when enjoying new freedoms today in order to keep the virus at bay.
For further information about how to get your free home testing kits, you can check all the details on the NHS website.