Herefordshire Council is asking people to continue to protect themselves and others as we enter into Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown.

Herefordshire Council is asking people to continue to protect themselves and others as we enter into Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown.

From Monday 19 July, all remaining limits on social contact will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors, including life events. The legal requirements to wear a face covering will also be lifted, as well as social distancing rules. However, the Government is advising people to act responsibly to protect themselves and others.  

Council staff will continue to wear face coverings when walking around council buildings, including libraries and museums, and encourage visitors to do likewise. The pre-booking system at Herefordshire Recycling Centres will also remain in place after proving to be successful at reducing queues and crowding at peak times.

Rebecca Howell-Jones, Acting Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said: “Everyone in Herefordshire has played a huge part during the pandemic and I want to thank you all.

“However, even though a lot of the restrictions are being eased this week, coronavirus is not going away and indeed the number of cases in the county is rising and expected to rise further. I therefore ask everyone to make informed decisions to protect themselves and others and to continue to play their part in keeping Herefordshire safe.

“I, for one, will continue to wear a face covering in indoor public settings and on public transport and would advise and encourage you to do the same.  I will also try to socialise outdoors as much as possible. We all know the Hands, Face, Space (and ventilation) mantra and continuing to choose to take these actions can help protect ourselves, friends and families from COVID infection.”

The COVID vaccination programme has had a huge impact and is preventing many serious cases and deaths from coronavirus. The vast majority of adults in Herefordshire have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine (over 86%), and over 71% of adults have had two doses.

However, there are still a significant number of cases, particularly in young adults so, if you haven’t received your first dose yet or are still awaiting a second one, please book it now. Alternatively, keep an eye on our social media platforms or www.herefordshire.gov.uk for any walk-in clinics that will become available in the county.

It is also important that you continue to take regular lateral flow tests, even if you have been vaccinated. Testing twice a week will help protect you, your family and friends. Please visit here on details on how to book or collect a test. Alternatively, you can order one online here

If you have COVID symptoms, you and your household must isolate immediately by booking a PCR test, and you. Remember, although vaccination is very effective against becoming very ill or dying with COVID, you can still get infected and infect others.

Published: 19th July 2021