- On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed plans to move into Step 4 of the roadmap on July 19th, which removes legal restrictions around face coverings, social distancing and working from home. Step 4 is not the last step in overcoming Covid and as cases are still increasing it’s right and encouraged for people to move forward with caution.
- Getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination is still our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms and those people who are most at risk from the virus. Visit NHS CCG for more vaccine information.
- Rapid testing is still really important to help slow the spread of infection as society opens up. Twice-weekly rapid tests give you the best chance of stopping Covid in it’s tracks. It also gives you reassurance that you are still doing everything you can to prevent passing the virus on to those you care about. You can get onsite rapid tests - find out more.
- The test, trace and isolate steps will continue to play an important role in managing the virus and reduce the risk of the virus mutating and new variants developing.
- It remains a legal requirement, to self-isolate if you are Covid positive and until at least 16 August, for all contacts of a positive case to isolate. If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid, you are still encouraged to get a PCR test.
- Although no longer a legal requirement from 19th July, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid. Many businesses and residents will choose to continue with some or all of these measures.
- As an organisation, we will be gradually bringing staff back into our buildings and will continue to ask them and visitors to wear a face covering when moving around. We will also continue with social distancing for the comfort and safety of everyone. We will also continue to ask visitors to check in’ using the NHS App.
In the preceding 30 days of reporting (06 June-6 July) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 360,875 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 1.85 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Thursday-Wednesday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Thursday-Wednesday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Thursday-Monday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Thursday-Friday and Wednesday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Thursday and Wednesday)
Permanent Testing Site Locations
PCR Testing Sites
Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
High Street Car Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4AL Stroud LTS
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.
Assisted Testing in Pharmacies (LFD)
You can see which pharmacies you can take a rapid test at if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms here.
LFD Home Test Collection
Anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed here, including some pharmacies and local libraries.
LFD Home Test Delivery
If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a test kit to your home here.
In the last 7 days, there has been 14 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire