Let’s remain cautious as Plan B measures ease

This weeks message from Public Health Dorset

Prime Minister’s announcement: Easing of Plan B measures

This week the Prime Minister announced the easing of ‘Plan B’ coronavirus measures. People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS COVID Passes

Whilst the current trends in data are positive, cases remain high with lots of people in Dorset still catching COVID-19 every day. It’s important to remember that we’re still living with COVID-19 – the virus hasn’t gone away.

Health and care services are still extremely busy so we need to do all we can to protect essential frontline services, as well as our friends and loved ones. Keep testing regularly, wearing a face covering in crowded indoor spaces, getting plenty of fresh air and self-isolating if you have symptoms.

Self-isolating with COVID-19?

The rules on how long you need to self-isolate have changed recently. The default period remains 10 days, but you can stop self-isolating sooner if you have two negative lateral flow test on two consecutive days. Take a look at our guide below and check the full guidance if you’re not sure what to do.

Last weeks figures for Dorset

Infection rates in Dorset Council and BCP Council have fallen steeply from a peak in early January. We’ve also seen a reduction in the number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19. These trends are positive, but we are still living with COVID-19Read more in our weekly data update.

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