- On Monday 5 April, Government confirmed plans for easing restrictions across England from 12 April. Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers can reopen. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
- The Government has announced that everyone in England without symptoms will be able to get twice weekly rapid Covid-19 tests from Friday 9 April Community Collect points have opened at all four of GCC’s community testing centres to complement on site testing. Government has also launched Pharmacy Collect, which pharmacies will be joining over the coming weeks. For more information, visit the testing pages on our website. To find your nearest testing or collection site, visit the NHS website.
- 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.
- Our "Keep going…it will be worth it" campaign continues, highlighting what people can do from 12 April as we enter stage two of the roadmap. You can find and download our campaign assets from Flickr.
- Great Western Railway Update:
"As the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions begins, from today (Monday 29 March) we will be strengthening our busiest services and from 12 April more of our long-distance Intercity services will run with 9 or 10 carriages. Advice remains to keep travel to the minimum, but we want to be sure that we are providing customers with the services they need so that they can return to rail and travel with confidence when the time is right.
We are also planning further additional services in our summer timetable, which starts on Sunday 16 May, which will bring us back to around 90% of our usual timetable. You should now be able to see these in online journey planners so that customers considering trips to the South Cotswolds over the summer can book ahead.
We know that rail has a key role to play in the regional economy, especially for tourism, as we recover from the pandemic, and we want to be sure we are getting this right, if you have any suggestions, or questions, about current or future services, do let me know. We are listening and we want to help."
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Tuesday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Monday-Friday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Wednesday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Thursday-Friday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Thursday-Sunday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-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,
You can book a test here for one of these sites if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
LFD Home Test Collection
As of 9th April anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed here, including some pharmacies.