Covid-19 Rules


On the 12th of April 2021 some lockdown restrictions were lifted in England.

The main changes include:

  • The reopening of non-essential retail
  • The reopening of public buildings, including libraries and community centres
  • The reopening of outdoor hospitality venues, with table service only
  • The reopening of outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas
  • The reopening of sports and leisure centers for individual exercise or exercise with people from the same household or who are in a support bubble
  • Care home residents can now have two nominated visitors for indoor visits

The main rules on socialising are:

  • Social distancing is still in place and you should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble
  • You should continue to wear a face covering in indoor settings such as shops and places of worship, unless you are exempt
  • You should not meet indoors with someone who is not from your household or support bubble 
  • You can now meet up outdoors with up to 6 people from different households, children of all ages count towards this limit
  • You can also meet up outside in a group of any size provided the group is made up of just two households


If you have Covid-19, develop symptoms of Covid-19, live with someone who has Covid-19, live with someone who has symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, the government says you must self-isolate for a period of 10 days. 

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, losing your sense of smell and taste, or a change to your sense of smell and taste.

If you believe you have the virus but cannot take time off work due to receiving Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) please contact a UVW caseworker by filling in our “Problems at Work” form which is available in both English and Spanish. The form can be accessed here.

Look up your local mutual aid group here, they can help with providing essentials and finding someone for you to talk to. You are not alone, your community is there to help!

Similarly, you should check out your local mutual aid group and volunteer for whatever tasks you feel comfortable taking on. You can also sign up as a volunteer for the NHS here.


If you have at least one Covid-19 symptom you can book a free PCR test here.

If you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to get tested you can book a free rapid lateral flow test here. The test takes 30 minutes.

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