The COVID-19 Roadmap for England: Updated 17th May2021

The COVID-19 Roadmap for England from 17th May 2021

Stepping out of lockdown

Step 3: From 17 May

  • The rule of six will be lifted outdoors and replaced by maximum gathering of 30. Two households, or the rule of 6 people, can meet indoors

  • Indoor hospitality, cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events also restart at this point, with limitations on capacity

  • The Stay in the UK restriction will be lifted and people will be able to travel to green list countries, if they permit inbound travel. Check the government website for countries categorised as 'green'

  • Guidance for close contact (including hugging) between friends and family will be updated, with people exercising their own personal judgement in line with the risks

  • Care home residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. Residents will also have greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on their return.

More information on the roadmap out of lockdown can be found on our website.

Those on the shielded patient list can now (since 1 April) begin to follow the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, but are advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe. Visit our website to see how you can ask for help and follow the current guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

Many local voluntary organisations are seeking volunteers to help support vaccine delivery, distribute food parcels and other forms of support. If you are interested in helping, please contact Volunteer Centre Sutton.


South West London COVID-19 vaccine update

The NHS in South West London, including GPs, local volunteers, NHS staff (in hospitals and vaccination centres) and pharmacists are doing everything they can to vaccinate local residents as quickly as possible, having now delivered over 640,000 vaccinations (including over 566,000 first doses).

People who are 50 and above, care home residents, health and care staff, or are clinically vulnerable who have not yet taken the offer of a vaccination can book on the NHS website or call 119. For those outside of these groups, the offer will come soon. 

It is important that as the population of vaccinated people grows and further steps out of lockdown are taken, that we all continue to follow the rules, as the full impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus is not yet known. This means:

  • Hands - Wash your hands more often, and for longer

  • Face - Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and busy outdoor areas

  • Space - Maintain space from people you don’t live with

  • Fresh Air - Meet friends and family outdoors, in the fresh air

You can visit the Sutton Council website for the most up to date COVID-19 guidancevaccine FAQssupport for vulnerable people and more. 

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time.

Visit the Government website for more information.







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