Councillor Mans said: “The past months have been the most challenging that many of us have experienced during our lifetimes. Significant personal sacrifices have been made by thousands of local people – from our social care and health workers, to our teachers and educational support staff – and of course the many families who have been unable to visit loved ones in care homes, and everyone who has lost someone close to them to the pandemic.
“It is to these residents, as well as the legions of community volunteers and the hundreds of thousands who have played their part by staying at home, getting tested and vaccinated, self-isolating, wearing face coverings and much more, to whom I would like to extend my sincere thanks.
“Of course, the virus remains with us and the numbers testing positive are once again rising rapidly, so while we look forward to new freedoms from Monday, I would urge the public to continue to exercise caution and to maintain the very helpful practices we have become so used to.”
On 19 July, while most restrictions lift, key health protections remain in place. These relate to:
- Getting tested if you have symptoms
- Self-isolating if contacted by NHS Test & Trace or if you test positive
Detailed information is available on the Government's website.
In addition, Hampshire County Council’s Public Health team are advising the following, in line with Government guidance:
- Testing twice a week for those without symptoms
- Meeting outdoors where possible and continuing to let in fresh air when indoors
- Wearing a face covering in crowded places
- Creating space when socialising
- Regular hand washing
Go to www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus for further local information and updates.