Sheffield health chief says ‘take it slowly’ as lockdown restrictions set to ease – here’s what changes

Sheffield’s health chief has called for a ‘take it slowly’ approach as the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown moves on a stage on Monday (March 29).

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 1:59 pm

Outdoor gatherings – including in gardens – of six people (the Rule of 6) or two households will be allowed.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts can reopen and people can take part in formally-organised outdoor sports.

The ‘stay at home’ travel rule will end but restrictions remain in place. People should continue to work from home and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and on busy routes.

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Endcliffe Park when a previous lockdown was eased last May

Travel abroad is still banned, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. The Government’s new global travel taskforce will report on April 12.

Greg Fell, director of Public Health Sheffield said: “This is a ‘take it slowly’ and careful approach out of lockdown and it’s what we need to make sure this lockdown is the last.

“The changes on Monday gives us more opportunity to be together which is so welcomed.

“That said, the numbers in Sheffield are starting to rise very slowly, in the main because our schools are open again and because we are doing so much more testing, so it feels right that we don’t do too much too soon to undo all of the hard work people have put into moving us towards the end of lockdown.”

He said his team is working with schools to have the right precautions in place, adding: “It’s important for me to remind all parents that if you or your child has symptoms, get tested and self-isolate until you get your result. If your child has symptoms, please don’t send them to school. This will stop the spread.

“While vaccination coverage is high and there are signs this is beginning to reduce hospitalisation in the elderly, there are still many younger adults who are harmed by Covid.

“We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’ and letting fresh air in when indoors. If you are offered a vaccine, take up the offer and get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.

“The vaccine is safe and we have loads of resource available on our YouTube channel to answer any of your Covid and vaccine concerns.”

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