From Monday 12 April further easing of
restrictions will begin, this includes the reopening of outdoor hospitality,
gyms, non-essential retail, hairdressers and salons and outdoor attractions.
From Monday the number of care home
visitors will also increase to two per resident, all children will be able to
attend any indoor children’s activity, parent and child groups of up to 15
people can restart indoors and weddings will be able to take place with up to
Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to
six people or two households, and people must not socialise indoors with
anyone they do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
Many other restrictions remain in
place. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise
the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and
follow the stay at home guidance if
you have coronavirus symptoms.
You can find out more information on the
roadmap out of lockdown in England here.
Keeping yourself and others safe
Please continue to follow the guidance
on how to stop the spread of
coronavirus at all times, even if you have been vaccinated.
Wash your hands properly
to remove viruses and bacteria to stop the spread of the virus
Wear a face covering in
indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public
transport, unless you are exempt.
Stay two metres apart from
anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or one
metre with extra precautions in place (such
as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay two metres apart.
Meet in the fresh air close
to where you live, to minimise the amount you travel.
Free rapid tests available
Twice weekly rapid tests will also be
available to everyone as we enter the next step on the government's
From Friday 9 April, anyone can access
free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their families to
use twice a week. Kits can be collected from:
- 7 Cross & Pillory lane, Alton. GU34 1HL (Alton
Tourist Information office)
- Eco Station, Camp Road, Bordon. GU35 0GY (old Fire
- The Cottage, Penns Place, Petersfield. GU31 4EP
Opening times will be: Monday to Friday 8am
- 6pm and Saturday 8am - 12pm.
Alternatively check where your nearest testing collection
site is here.. You must be over 18 years old and not have symptoms
of coronavirus, to collect your free pack.
Other ways to get your family
- You can access rapid tests via your employer if they
are offering testing to employees
- If you cannot get tested at
your workplace or are unable to go to a collection site, you
can order a home test kit online: Order rapid lateral flow
home test kits or call 119.
You should report every result to NHS Test
and Trace on the same day you take the test. Report your test result online or by
If you are a parent or guardian, please
continue to get your family tested during the Easter school holidays.
Free rapid testing kits are available
everyone who does
not have coronavirus symptoms.
If you think you have
symptoms book a test online via the NHS
Getting your vaccination
If you are aged 50 or over, are clinically
vulnerable, a frontline worker or a career, you can now book your COVID-19
vaccination through the NHS website even if you haven’t yet received a
letter. Appointments are available at sites across the borough.
You must book your appointment before you
go to a vaccination centre. We are aware of other scam messages
circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or
your bank details for your vaccination – it is free.
You can book an appointment now
- you are aged 50 or over
- you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically
- you are an eligible frontline health or social care
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk
- you have a learning disability
- you are a main carer for someone at high risk from
Please make sure you plan your journey
responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.
Find more information about the
vaccination programme in the district here