Posted on Friday 30th April 2021
Residents in Staffordshire are being urged to keep following the guidelines over the upcoming May Bank Holiday so people can look forward to Stage Three of the Government’s roadmap.
The next stage of the relaxation of Coronavirus guidelines is due to take place on 17th May and county council health officials are warning people must not get complacent and potentially jeopardise this.
Whilst outdoor hospitality, non-essential retail, hairdressers, and gyms are open people are reminded people can only meet outside, either with one other household or within the ‘rule of six.
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, said:
“Staffordshire residents and businesses have made tremendous sacrifices to get where we are today. Cases are currently low and the Covid vaccine roll-out has been a great success, but this is not the time to let our guard down and forget the basics.
“We are urging people to display caution over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. Follow the rule of six and two households if meeting up outside, remember Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air and take up the vaccine when offered without delay.
“People should keep get tested regularly even if they have no symptoms – this applies to people who have had either doses of the vaccine.”
From 17th May, indoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen along with museums, cinemas, and hotels, only if the Coronavirus data allows. Additionally, two households will be able meet indoors for the first time since Christmas.
“Many Staffordshire businesses are itching to re-open, or open at full capacity, so we all must play a part to ensure that this can happen – as it’s far from a done deal.
“We have a huge incentive to drive us but must remain cautious and not falter, especially when the prize is so clearly in sight.
“We are on track and If the data permits, we can all look forward to enjoying indoor hospitality and do things like visiting a museum, hotel or cinema by the time the next Bank Holiday comes along.”
For the latest information about current guidelines and Covid testing options please visit https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus