Council outlines move to step 3 of roadmap out of lockdown

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Earlier this week, the Prime Minister confirmed that restrictions will continue to be eased in England from Monday, 17th May.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: "As we progress through step 3 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, we must not forget how hard we've all worked, and the many sacrifices we've all made to get to this stage."

As part of step 3 from Monday 17th May:

  • You can socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including overnight stays
  • You can meet with up to 30 people outside
  • Indoor hospitality venues, such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes will reopen – though you will need to remain seated while eating and drinking
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children's indoor play areas will be permitted to open with Covid-secure measures in place
  • You can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and you should follow the Covid-secure measures set out by those venues
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes)
  • All holiday accommodation in England will be open – such as hotels and B&Bs. These can be used by groups of up to six people or two households.

There are also changes for secondary school and higher education. Secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas and higher education students can access in-person teaching.

Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors (two at any one time) meaning that they will be able to see more of their relatives and friends. This is subject to visitors testing negative for Covid-19.

There are changes to the number of people allowed to attend a funeral. It will be determined by how many people the Covid-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing, with limits at other life events, such as weddings and wakes, increasing to 30 people.

There will no longer be a legal restriction to international travel. However, you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

Dr Matt Tyrer, went on to say: "I'd like to thank residents for their hard work in driving infection rates in Cheshire East down and thank all our volunteers who have worked tirelessly in supporting residents, through their work with the council and local NHS services.

"In Cheshire East there have been just 14 new cases per 100,000 recorded across in the latest seven days. This means that locally we are in a strong position to enter step 3 of the roadmap, however despite this we all must remain vigilant and work hard to not let this virus regain a stronghold in our borough."

Cheshire East Council leader, Councillor Sam Corcoran said "We have a fully rounded locally-delivered service available to allow us to continue to fight this deadly virus, but we can't do this alone – we need your continued help:

Get tested regularly to identify any new cases;Work with our local contact tracing team if you test positive and;Self -isolate if needed - If you need help to stick to the rules of self-isolation, our local team will be there to support you.

"You can keep yourself, loved ones and other members of the public safe by wearing a face covering where necessary, making sure you sanitise their hands and maintaining social distancing. And there is less risk of spreading or catching the virus outside, in the open air.

"By working together, we stand the greatest chance of being able to keep Covid at bay – together we can do this, it's in our hands."

Cheshire East Council deputy leader, Councillor Craig Browne said "The latest easing of restrictions is great news for local businesses and recreation venues. They have been working extremely hard to prepare for their reopening, in line with the government's Covid secure measures to keep residents as safe as possible.

"But residents also have a hugely important role to play. They can relieve some of the pressure facing local businesses, by being responsible and adhering to the measures the business has in place. These simple actions will reduce the risk of infection and possible enforcement action."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Friday 14th May 2021 at 10:51 pm
Totaly idiotic: so, I can have thirty people in my garden (that would be a first) but I can only have six people, from two households, indoors. Therefore I cannot have three couples, from three different households round here at the same time.
All of which is of no concern, as you can all bugger off until the Politicians start to listen to what the Scientists say. Have you noticed that Scientists don't have elections; they deal in facts.
Simon Worthington
Sunday 16th May 2021 at 2:32 pm
Not so sure all the "behavoural scientists" our politicians are listening to are dealing in facts. The research grants are far too important.As with the Great Climate Scam - follow the money!!!
Vince Chadwick
Sunday 16th May 2021 at 8:55 pm
Science is peer-reviewed, Simon. It doesn't pretend to be 'always right' but it beats any other method of establishing facts into a cocked hat. It also doesn't have all the answers, otherwise it would just stop.

Science is happy to acknowledge what it cant (yet) explain. It isn't a belief system (which might make up stuff to cover what can't be explained).

Politicians, on the other hand, may be honest, but it's rare. We have a political system which relies, especially in Parliament, on honourable behaviour. But we have a PM who uses that to his advantage by being an 'integrity vacuum' with no moral compass. I have lost count of the untruths he has uttered on television (an example just the other week when he was being interviewed in Hartlepool by a BBC reporter who failed to call him out. He told three whoppers in succession:

1) That leaving the EU had enabled us to avoid the European Football League. LIE- The EFL has Nothing whatever to do with the EU.

2) That leaving the EU allows us to create jobs by introducing Freeports. LIE - We had UK Freeports when we were in the EU and shut them down as they were losing us tax revenue. And there are 80 of them currently active in the EU.

3) That leaving the EU had enabled the success of the UK covid vaccination program. LIE - We embarked on that program while still an EU member and any EU state could have done the same. Its success is actually down to Johnson not getting his sticky mits on it and taking it out of the competent hands of the NHS and tossing it over the fence to his consultancy cronies who would screw it up and charge £billions (test & trace anyone?).

Johnson also of course dithered for weeks when scientists and medics were calling for ending flights from India in the face of the covid variation of concern in that country. And now we are seeing the results of that failure to act in time, which could have serious consequences for us this summer.

So - scientists or politicians, Simon? Follow the facts or follow the fight for votes?