4 Step Roadmap and guidance

Updated 16.08.21

All Covid-19 legal restrictions are now lifted.

This means that:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  • There will be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • It will no longer be necessary for the Government to instruct people to work from home. Employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

Visit the GOV.UK website for the government's summer 2021 guidance, for updates on measures we can take to protect ourselves and others while we learn to live with Coronavirus. This includes translated information.

Self-isolation rules from 16 August

The rules around who must self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 change on 16 August.

Fully vaccinated

  • Providing they have been fully vaccinated (14 days after the final dose) and are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate.
  • They will be contacted by the NHS track and trace and advised to take a PCR test. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.
  • If someone has yet to receive their second or full course of vaccination or received it in the 14 days before getting a notification they will still be required to self-isolate if alerted to do so.

Under 18s

  • People under the age of 18 will not need to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid
  • They will be contacted by the NHS Track and Trace service and advised to take a PCR test.
  • Entire school/college classes/bubbles will no longer need to self-isolate if someone in the class tests positive.
  • Anyone who takes a Covid PCR test and gets a positive result will still be legally required to self-isolate.

Not vaccinated

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated (i.e. they have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or no doses) will still need to continue to self-isolate if contacted by the NHS Track and Trace service.

Positive cases

  • If someone tests positive for the virus or displays any symptoms then they will still need to self-isolate.

The NHS Track and Trace service will remain

The NHS track and trace system will remain in place and used for everyone regardless of their vaccination status.

People will still be encouraged to check into venues and locations when visiting.


  • Free PCR tests will still be offered to anyone who displays symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Further information is available on Test, Trace and Self Isolation.

Care homes

Please contact the care home directly for information about any rules that may be in place before visiting.

  • Public transport: Some bus and train companies may require you to wear a face covering when using their services.
  • International travel: There is currently a traffic light system in place for international travel. Please see Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK for the latest information and rules.
Shielding (protecting people more at risk from Covid-19)

From the 19th July, clinically extremely vulnerable people are asked to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, the government advises that as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you may wish to think carefully about additional precautions you might wish to continue to take. Individuals may choose to limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually meet with, particularly when COVID-19 disease levels in the general community are high. Further government guidance.

Financial support

Please see our Support for residents section for information and advice on the financial support available.


Please visit our events registration page for more information.