COVID-19 rates in Stockton-on-Tees are very high so the Government has named it, along with the rest of the North East, an Enhanced Response Area. Find out more on our Enhanced Response Area page.
For general Coronavirus information including disruptions to Council services or how to book a COVID-19 test visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
What are the rules in Stockton-on-Tees?
The Government moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on Monday 19 July.
You can read further information on the Step 4 roadmap in full on Gov.uk.
The guidance is available in British Sign Language.
We must be cautious in how we make the most of the relaxed restrictions, you can read a summary of the current rules below:
- The guidance to work from home where possible has ended, allowing for employers to start planning a safe return to workplaces. There is no longer an instruction to work from home, but Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms. It is still a legal requirement to isolate if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
- Face coverings are no longer legally required however wearing a face covering in busy indoor areas and on public transport will still help to protect you and those around you
- Limits on social contact have ended, meaning there are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings. Consider limiting close contact with people you do not live with and open windows to let fresh air in. The 2m plus rule has been lifted other than in specific places such as at the border to help manage the risks of new variants coming into the country.
- All venues previously closed are allowed to reopen, including nightclubs, and there is no legal requirement for table service in hospitality settings. Continue using the NHS COVID-19 app to help contain the spread of the virus.
- People are able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. These events are able to take place without capacity restrictions. You should keep testing regularly to help manage your personal risk and to protect others.
- Organised indoor sport is now able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). All holiday accommodation is permitted to open (including hotels and B&Bs). There is no restriction on the amount of people or households that can mix in holiday accommodation.
- All legal limits on the number of guests at life events, such as weddings and funerals, has been lifted.
- The cap on the number of named visitors for care home residents has been removed, although infection prevention and control measures remain in place to protect the most vulnerable.
- Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been removed.
- In education, children will no longer need to be in consistent groups or ‘bubbles’. Asymptomatic testing in secondary schools and colleges will continue.
- There is a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.