Most legal restrictions to control the spread of Coronavirus ended on 19 July 2021, but there is still Government guidance on the following protections:

  • Manage personal risks by testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms and using targeted testing in education and high risk workplaces.
  • Isolate when testing positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • There are rules for international travel.
  • The Government expects a gradual return to places of work over the summer.
  • Face coverings should continue to be worn in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • Consider meeting outside or, when inside, letting fresh air in.
  • Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • Businesses and large events are encouraged to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings.
  • Get vaccinated, which gives the best protection to adults.

See the latest Government guidance and support. The BBC continue to update a helpful roadmap summary.

Scientists highlight the benefits of continuing to wear masks in enclosed public spaces.

What will result from ending legal restrictions is uncertain. Some, such as Independent SAGE, say social solidarity is still needed. The official SAGE advisory group support the Government position.

Communities in the Wiveliscombe and 10 Parishes area have done a great job in helping people stay safe. Please continue to look after yourselves and others too.

Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do, including staying safe, testing, self-isolating, travel, vaccination, business support, education and childcare.

Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline – 0300 790 6275 for Coronavirus-related support from Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset County Council.  Open 8am-6pm,  7 days a week. Council advice and information is also online – see below.

Somerset NHSCovid-19 vaccinations in Somerset

NHS advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Lister House Surgery: Covid 19 information

Mental health information from Somerset County Council (looking after your health, wellbeing and safety): www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-mental-health-information

Mindline Somerset – Coronavirus emotional support helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Mind in Somerset on 01823 276 892

Somerset West and Taunton Council advice online advice and support:  www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/coronavirus

Somerset Waste Partnership on disposing of waste for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus

Somerset County Council: Latest Coronavirus updates on schools, early years childcare, travel, testing, advice for vulnerable people, health and well-being and lots more.

Somerset County Council services affected by the Coronavirus: www.somerset.gov.uk/covid-19-our-affected-services

Public rights of way and COVID-19: County Council update; FWAG SouthWest update

BBC website is good for answering questions and providing the latest news: www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers

I will continue to update this list with important and reliable sources of advice. Please contact me if you need any additional help and I will do my best to assist.

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