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latest government advice

England moved to Step 4 of the Covid Response Roadmap on Monday 19 July

​​​​​​​While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.


Many of the restrictions that we have been living under will ease from the 19th, but the Government is keeping in place the following key protections:

  • Testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • Cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high:
    • Whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home, the recommendation is for a gradual return. 
    • Government recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
    • Being outside or letting fresh air in.
    • Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
    • Encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS Covid Pass in high risk settings.


Extra guidance for high risk areas.

Greater Manchester is one of the areas where the new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta) is spreading.

The Delta variant spreads more easily than the other variants that were previously most common. So, to help stop the spread, the Government is also advising everyone in these areas to:

  • Get both doses of the vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well.
  • Participate in surge testing in your local area, whether you are vaccinated or not.
  • Self-isolate immediately if you have any symptoms  (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or if you’ve tested positive.


You should also take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. Wherever possible, try to:

  • Meet outside rather than inside.
  • Keep 2 metres apart from people that you do not live with.
  • Minimise travel in and out of affected areas.


You should also:​​​​​​​