- As of 29 March, people in England can:
- Meet outdoors with up to six people or two households/bubbles
- Take part in organised outdoor sports
- Use outdoor leisure facilities including tennis and basketball courts.
- People who were shielding can now start following the guidelines in line with the rest of England.
- On Monday 5 April, Government is expected to announce plans for further easing restrictions across England from 12 April.
- Even though we are now allowed to socialise more, it’s still important to follow the rules around hands, face, space and fresh air as well as getting a regular rapid test if you have no symptoms, but have to leave the house for essential reasons, and taking up the offer of a vaccination when invited.
- To help remind people of the vital steps they need to take to further reduce the rate of infection in our county and to protect each other, our Keep going…it will be worth it campaign continues. You can find and download our campaign assets from Flickr.
- Community Collect is now live at all four rapid testing centres. Anyone who lives in a household with nursery, school or college aged children; is in a support or childcare bubble; or who works in a school setting can collect two boxes of 7 tests to carry out at home. There is no requirement to book. Regular testing is an important part of our journey out of lockdown.
- Remembering the rules is especially important as we head into the Easter bank holiday weekend, and through into the school holidays, when more people will be keen to see friends and family – COVID-19 doesn’t take a break for Easter!
- GP surgery teams are piloting an additional vaccination walk in service on Saturday 3 April (10 to 4pm) in two areas of the county – Gloucester and Cheltenham - for those people aged 50 and over who have yet to take up the offer of their 1st dose. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to talk with doctors and other health care professionals at the sites at Rosebank Surgery, Gloucester and St Paul’s Medical Centre, Cheltenham about vaccination and discuss any issues or concerns.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Friday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Wednesday-Thursday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Wednesday-Friday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Sunday)
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Thursday - Monday)
Permanent Testing Site Locations
PCR Testing Sites
Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
High Street Car Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4AL
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF
You can book a test here for one of these sites if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Community Testing Sites (LFD)
The Friendship Café @ Chequers, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS
Forest of Dean
Miners Welfare Hall, Parragate Road, Cinderford, GL14 2JN
The Link Youth Support Centre, Link Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5JQ
You can book a test here for one of these sites if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.