- Subject to confirmation next Monday 12 July, England will move into Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap on Monday 19 July. This means we will move away from legal restrictions including: limits on numbers of people who can meet up indoors and outside, wearing face coverings and social distancing. Read the new guidance published here.
- Test and trace will continue and people will still need to isolate if they test positive – with some contact isolation, such as in schools set to stop. Contingency plans will remain in place in case there are changes to the situation, for example during the winter months.
- Making sure you have had both COVID-19 vaccinations is crucial. Vaccines have saved thousands of lives and continue to prove effective against variants such as Delta. Vaccinations are being offered to all over 18s in England. The interval for second jabs for the over 40s has already been reduced from 12 to eight weeks and following the Prime Minister’s announcement this week, under 40s will also have their jab brought forward, with booster vaccinations set to be rolled out to the most vulnerable. Your GP will be in touch as soon as it’s your turn. Find out more.
- The Department for Transport has announced that whilst the red travel list will remain those who are double vaccinated will not have to isolate on return from countries on the amber list.
- A new walk-through coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility has opened for those with symptoms to book appointments at Coronation Square, Edinburgh Place (GL51 7RG) in Cheltenham, as part of the government’s drive to continue to improve the accessibility of COVID-19 testing for local communities. The new site is situated so it is easily accessible without a car. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. The government is committed to making it even easier to get tested and to reducing the time it takes to receive test results.
- Free, twice-weekly rapid testing is available to everyone without symptoms. Getting tested even though you have no symptoms will be critical to control the virus as society reopens, including the spread of variants. Many more pharmacies in the county are offering on-site testing, which is especially good for people who haven’t taken a rapid test before or want some support to do it. All locations, including kit collection points can be found on the NHS Finder Map.
- Washing your hands, keep your distance and wearing a face covering in busy areas are still the best ways of protecting yourself and others from catching and spreading COVID-19.
In the preceding 30 days of reporting (06 June-6 July) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 327,874 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 1.53 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Monday and Thursday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday and Wednesday-Thursday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Thursday)
- 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 (Wednesday- Thursday)
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.
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 20 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.