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12 April: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. 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 COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

Key reminders

  • You MUST NOT come to school if you or ANYONE in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild.
  • You must arrange for a test and REMAIN AT HOME. You should only stop isolating if you test negative.
  • Do NOT come to school while your or anyone in your house is waiting for a COVID-19 Test result. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (no matter how mild), you MUST follow the rules on self-isolation. 

  • If a child or someone they live with displays symptoms at home, they MUST NOT come to school. 
  • If a child displays symptoms at school, we will send them home. 

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

For more information please read: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 

The NHS has provided a symptoms checker at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

What to do if you have symptoms (even if they are mild)

  • The whole house must STAY AT HOME
  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. 
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.