Over 97,000 people in Portsmouth have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and there were 32 new cases of coronavirus reported in the city in the last seven days.

However, it’s important to remember that the virus is still with us, including the UK variant that spreads much more easily. When we meet with more people, there are more opportunities for the virus to spread so it’s more important than ever to stick to hands, face, space and letting fresh air in.

More changes have come into force today as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

What’s changing:

  • More venues can open, including all retail, outdoor hospitality, personal care, outdoor attractions and some indoor leisure venues like gyms, though restrictions are still in place to keep people safe
  • Indoor children’s activities can resume, including sports and junior swimming lessons. Parent and child groups can also take place inside with up to 15 parents in attendance.
  • More people – up to 15 – can attend weddings, wakes and other commemorative events. Up to 30 people can attend funerals.
  • You can use self-contained accommodation, as long as households don’t have to share indoor facilities.

What’s not changing:

  • Don’t meet indoors with people you don’t live with, or aren’t already in a childcare bubble or support bubble with.
  • The rule of six is still in place – up to six people who don’t live together will be able to meet outside. Two households can also meet outside. Stay a safe distance from those not in your household.
  • Keep sticking to hands, face, space and let fresh air in too.
  • You should continue to work from home wherever possible.
  • Testing is still essential. Ask for a test if you’ve got symptoms – a new continuous cough, a temperature or a loss of or change to your sense of taste or smell – and get into the habit of regular asymptomatic testing.
  • International holidays still aren’t allowed.

More details regarding the Government’s road map can be found here.