‘Pause’ in lockdown roadmap, Leeds Covid rates and Vaccine call

The Government has today annouced a delay of 4 weeks before the final stage of lockdown easing, meaning that most of the exisiting restrictions on social contact will stay in place until 19th July.

There will be a few exceptions and the rules will change for:

  • weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
  • commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
  • large events pilots
  • care home visits
  • domestic residential visits for children

No new restrictions are being put in place

The full rules are on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do 

The purpose of the 4 week delay is to get more adults fully vaccinated with both doses and to try and ensure that all over 18s have had at least one dose.

The vaccines are shown to be very effective against all variants when people have had both doses so everyone is urged to take the vaccine when offered and, crucially, to make sure they return for the second dose.

Leeds infection rates are rising, in common with the rest of the country and today’s rate is up to 127.6 per 100,000.

Please keep following the rules and taking care to keep yourselves and others safe:

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds
Wear a face covering in enclosed areas
Make space from people you don’t live with
Follow the rule of 6 indoors
Open windows regularly, letting fresh air circulate