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New Covid rules from 21 June to 19 July and latest Preston and Lancashire Delta variant guidance

Posted on - 15th June, 2021 - 1:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Boris Johnson during a press conference on Saturday (19 December) Pic: No10DowningStreet
Boris Johnson during a press conference on Saturday (19 December) Pic: No10DowningStreet

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that coronavirus restrictions would not changed like planned on 21 June, instead they would be extended until 19 July.

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However, there are a few exceptions such as weddings allowed to go ahead with no limit on people but social distancing still needs to be in place.

Due to Preston being in an ‘area of concern’ because of the rise in Delta variant cases extra guidance applies such as meeting outside rather than inside where possible.

Read more: Majority of areas in Preston and South Ribble see a rise in coronavirus cases in the seven days leading up to 9 June

Further guidance for Preston residents includes:

  • Keep 2 metres apart from those you don’t live with (unless in a support bubble)
  • Consider if you can minimise travel in and out of the area (including other parts of Lancashire)
  • Continue to work from home if you can

The four-week delay is due to the rise in cases of the Delta variant across England but particularly in the North West.

Here is a full list of restrictions from 21 June:

  • Nightclubs and music venues are not allowed to reopen but there will be more testing of larger events.
  • No limit on guests at funerals or weddings but social distancing remains in place, meaning no dancing or singing.
  • 30 people are allowed to meet outdoors.
  • Six people or two households are allowed indoors.
  • People are still allowed to drink and dine indoors bars and restaurants with a limit of six people or two households.

The four-week delay will also allow ten million more vaccine doses to be administered.

Read more: Mobile Covid vaccine clinic at Preston locations this week

It was also confirmed that the vaccine delay between the first and second dose will be reduced from 12 weeks to eight weeks for over 40s.

The four-week delay will also be assessed if it can be lifted earlier on 5 July.

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