National COVID restrictions
Changes from 12 April 2021
It has been confirmed that the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown is to continue as planned, with further restrictions to be eased from Monday 12 April.
The main changes coming into effect are:
- Hospitality venues can serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors, with no curfew
- Spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events
- Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
- Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will also reopen
- Close-contact services such as beauty and nail salons can reopen
- Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
- The number of care home visitors will also increase to two per resident
Other businesses, such as indoor hospitality and theatres and cinemas will be able to open on 17 May at the earliest. You can read the full roadmap and COVID guidance on the Government website.
The Government has urged caution with the easing of restrictions and highlighted that each phase can only take place if certain conditions are met at each stage including the vaccination programme continuing as planned and hospital admissions remaining low.
29 March 2021
On Monday 29 March 2021, some coronavirus restrictions were eased across the country as part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.
The main changes are:
- you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
- you can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities are be able to reopen)
- childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children
- formally organised parent and child groups are able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 do not need to be counted in this number.
Let's do the right thing for Derby
Our campaign ‘Let’s do the right thing for Derby’ is concentrating on promoting safe and considered behaviour during the pandemic.
The campaign is calling for everyone across the city to consider the safety of fellow Derbeians by ensuring we follow these important guidelines:
- Keep our distance
- Wash our hands
- Staying home if we have symptoms, and applying for a test
- Wear a face covering, if we can
NHS Test and Trace app
The free NHS Test and Trace app was launched in September 2020. The app allows us to report symptoms, apply for a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.
You can find out more about the app on the NHS website.
Certain businesses are legally required to display an NHS Test and Trace QR code for app users.
For those who can wear them, face coverings are now legally required in a number of places. You can find further information about when and how to wear a face covering on the Government website.
You can purchase disposable face coverings. However, fabric coverings that you can purchase or make at home are also effective, are better for our planet and often cost far less in the long term.
There are some circumstances where people are unable to wear face coverings. This could be for health, age or equality reasons. Please be mindful and respectful that the reasons for this may not be visible to you or others.
If you cannot wear a face covering then you may wish to carry an exemption card with you. This is a personal choice and will depend on your personal preference.
Derby's Local Outbreak Plan
One of the key roles of the Council is to protect the health of the population. This is especially key during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Derby City Council has set out its plans to protect the health of the population of Derby from the risks associated with COVID-19.
In enacting the plan the following objectives will seek to be achieved:
- Preventing spread of COVID-19.
- Contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19.
- Early identification and proactive management of outbreaks and incidents.
- Ensure service capability.
- Ensure effective communication with the public and stakeholders.
Read the full Derby City Council Outbreak Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find trusted information about coronavirus?
Please continue to check the NHS website for reliable health information. You can find out more about the government response to coronavirus at www.gov.uk. Staying alert to common coronavirus myths can also help you separate the fact from the fiction.
Where can I access help when I need it?
NHS 111 online can help you decide if you need medical help and offer advice on how to access help safely. The service is free to access and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can contact Derby's COVID Community Response Hub to request support or to volunteer to help others in your community.
The Samaritans helpline is still available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 116 123 if you would like advice or support with mental wellbeing.