England moved to Step 4 from 19th July 2021
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4.
What has changed from 19th July
- You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Detailed guidance is available on the Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do website.
Thank you for your continued support and efforts in the fight against coronavirus.
Self Isolation Exemptions
You’re not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- you’re fully vaccinated
- you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months
- you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you’re not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
You should not arrange to have a PCR test if you have previously received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19, as it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
Important information on the Coronavirus can also be found on the following links
Derbyshire County Council have set aside £1 million worth of funding to support residents and businesses who may be affected by coronavirus.
The authority announced the £1 million fund on March 12 to complement the government support announced in the budget and said it was an initial amount and could rise, depending on how seriously the virus affected the county.
You can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on the NHS website.
Learn more about Public Health England's 'Stay Home, Save Lives' Campaign.
Show the Derbyshire Spirit
There has been a truly heartwarming response from our Derbyshire communities to the coronavirus outbreak. People have been pulling together like never before.
Derbyshire County Council is celebrating this collective show of strength through the Derbyshire Spirit campaign and would like to see your tales of our Derbyshire Spirit in action.
Find out how to share what you, your family, friends and communities are doing to help in these unprecedented times, and see how others are showing the Derbyshire Spirit by visiting the Derbyshire Spirit web page.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire
Get all the latest health service information for Derby & Derbyshire in one place during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. Whilst it is important to stay informed, there are also many things you can do to support and manage your well-being during such times.
Visit the Mental Health Foundation's website for helpful tips and advice.
Derbyshire's Mental Health Support Line
Derbyshire’s mental health support health line has moved over to a new Freephone number to encourage more residents to speak up and get help.
The health line was set up in response to the coronavirus outbreak to offer support and advice to Derbyshire residents of all ages.
The new number to call is 0800 028 0077. The service is staffed by mental health professionals and the line is open from 9am to midnight every day.
If you're feeling stressed or anxious during the coronavirus pandemic Derbyshire County Council also has a range of resources on its website to help boost your emotional wellbeing.
Erewash Borough Council
COVID-19 and Support Services
The impact of the Coronavirus is being felt in our communities in many different ways and will be personal to each individual, couple or family. There is still support out there for those who need it and it is important it is accessed if required.
Visit Erewash Borough Council's website for information on breaches of social distancing, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, mental health, online safety, scams, sexual abuse and violence, along with contact details for local and national support.
Help with your Council Tax
Erewash Borough Council is working to help residents who are struggling financially due to the Coronavirus lockdown and may have difficulty meeting instalments.