Prime Minister delays moving to step 4 of roadmap for 4 weeks

The Prime Minister today announced that there will be a delay to the easing of restrictions due to take place on 21st June.

The delay is expected to last 4 weeks, until 19th July, although the government have reserved the possibility of proceeding to Step 4 and full opening if the risk diminishes earlier than this.

Cases in Stockport continue to be above the national average, so it’s important that everyone keeps doing their bit to control the spread of the virus. The highly transmissible Delta variant is still circulating in the borough, so the government advice for Greater Manchester, including Stockport, remains unchanged. For more information on the enhanced support measures for Greater Manchester, visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/news/what-does-the-latest-government-covid-19-announcement-mean-for-stockport.

In order to get the roadmap out of lockdown back on track, it’s crucial that everyone continues to follow government guidance around social distancing. When meeting people inside, you should stick to the rule of six or two households, and always wear a face covering unless you are exempt.

Businesses such as hospitality venues and close contact services like hairdressers will remain open, continuing to put measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, like opening windows and doors to ensure buildings are well-ventilated.

With regards to council services, the one change the announcement does allow for is an increase in the numbers attending weddings. However, the exact number of those who can attend will still be determined by the socially distanced capacity of the venue. Our events team will be in touch with anyone that has booked with us over the coming weeks and whose plans may be affected by today’s announcement.

Although there is a delay to removing social distancing requirements, we continue to look forward to reinstating services at Bridgehall, Offerton, Great Moor and Central Libraries as well as cultural and heritage attractions after the restrictions are lifted in July.

Regular testing is one of the best ways we can reduce the spread of all variants of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are offered a test at your workplace or educational organisation, please do your bit and take it. All adults without symptoms can also access free twice-weekly tests, which give results in just 30 minutes. You can find your nearest collection point online, pick up tests from your local pharmacy or library, or order them online. For more information on testing, visit: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/start/book-a-coronavirus-test.

The best way to protect against COVID-19 is to ensure you have both doses of your vaccine. Only by having your second dose are you fully protected against the virus, including the Delta variant. You can book your vaccine online, or visit one of our regular pop-up sites across Stockport.

If we all continue to follow the government guidance around hands, face, space and fresh air, we can ensure that case numbers are brought under control in Stockport and Greater Manchester, and avoid any further delays to the easing of restrictions.