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Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and minimise travel
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Please remember that even if you have had your vaccination you still need to follow the guidelines regarding facemasks, social distancing and meeting in groups.   Whilst the vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people, like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.

Free Lateral Testing Kits are available for home use via  - even if you show no symptoms of COVID please consider using these tests to protect others.

From April 12th 

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

Cornwall Volunteers are preparing to scale back their services with the intended lifting of shielding restrictions on 31st March 2021.

If you or anyone you know is making use of this service and thinks they might still need help after the end of March you need to contact Volunteer Cornwall immediately to discuss options.

Telephone befrending & walking buddies are not affected.

They would like to thank everyone in the community who has stepped up to help others during the last year.  You've done 'ansom!

Need some help & support as we continue to work through lockdown? 3 new phonelines have opened up in our area:

Cornwall Council Shielding advice & support – 0300 123 3334

Mental health helpline – 0800 038 5300

NHS Kernow – vaccination questions & support - 01872 266988


Feb 23rd