Don’t be tempted to stray from the roadmap 

With the relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions (29 March), Plymouth City Council’s Director of Public Health encourages people to stay local and follow the rule of six – to avoid the spread of the virus.

Outdoor gatherings of either up to six people or two households is now allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside, including in private gardens. Social distancing rules remain in place.

Outdoor sports facilities are also allowed to re-open and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. Parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15, (children under five are not counted in that limit).

The ‘stay at home’ rule has ended, but many restrictions remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise their journeys, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said:

“The easing of restrictions to allow us to meet either another household or in groups of up to six people outdoors is welcome. After the tough restrictions and long winter, being able to meet friends or family outdoors will do us all good.

“But while getting together outdoors is good for our physical and mental health and wellbeing, it is important that we do so safely. Follow the rules, maintain social distance, appropriate hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.

“And remember, we still cannot meet anyone from another household indoors. As set out in the Government’s road map, this restriction will not be lifted until 17 May at the earliest.

“Infection rates are still too high and unnecessary social mixing will spread the virus and undo everyone’s hard work, putting more pressure on the NHS – who now need to focus on catching up with all those people who have missed their treatments due to the pandemic.

“Over the next few weeks, particularly over Easter weekend, please remain vigilant and keep sight of our goal. Let’s keep going, so that we can come out of lockdown rather than going back into it.”

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Residents who are going out and about for work or volunteering / caring responsibilities, are also reminded to take an ‘asymptomatic COVID-19 test, twice a week.

Around 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms and can spread it without knowing. Lateral flow testing is for those people who are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms and provides rapid results within around 30 minutes.

More information about Testing.