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Article published on: Thursday, 22 July 2021

As you will be aware, England moved to Step 4 on its COVID-19 exit out of restrictions on Monday 19th July 2021.

This means that most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted. To illustrate what is in place now please click here.

However, COVID-19 infection rates in our boarder county, Oxfordshire, are amongst the highest in the country and the city has recently been given additional government support. For us, this is a clear indication that the pandemic is not over and we must all remain on our guard.

We have worked hard since early last year to keep delivering services while ensuring service users, volunteers and colleagues are protected. In order to continue to keep everyone safe, we are going to continue with the same rules regarding the wearing of face masks, social distancing etc for a four-week period. During this time, we consult our services users, volunteers and colleagues regarding how they want us to enable them to continue to keep feeling safe and comfortable.

We want to emphasise how important it is for us all to be vigilant and exercise caution and courtesy towards others. Even though the requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted, it is still recommended. Therefore, we respectfully ask that all individuals who work for us, volunteer for us or use our services continue to use masks (unless exempt) and keep on practicing social distancing. We will maintain a good flow of fresh air and good ventilation throughout our premises.

This 4-week review period will coincide with the government’s next announcements and review of the situation. At this point we feel we will have all the necessary information and individuals’ feedback to make a step further in our easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

To find out more, please contact us.

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