Be Careful : A New COVID-19 Variant Is Spreading In Some Parts Of England
Following the government announcement, Ash Parish Council is waiting for Surrey County Council to confirm how this applies to residents in Ash who share the impacted postcodes with North East Hampshire. The government announcement advises that “Testing is strongly encouraged” from Wednesday 26 May, and residents can book a PCR test.
Please note from 27 May till 9th June that Carrington Recreation Ground, Ash Vale will be closed to cars as it is being used for a surge testing site. You can just drop in for a test without the need to book.
Given the increased risk of transmitting COVID-19, you should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. This will keep yourself and others safe. In particular, wherever possible, you should try to:
- Meet outside rather than inside where possible
- Try to keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
- Get tested twice a week for free and isolate if you are positive
- Continue to work from home if you can
- Get vaccinated when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well
You should get tested for COVID-19, this includes:
- Arrange to have a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- Participating in surge testing in your local area
- Get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
You should self-isolate immediately if you have symptoms or a positive test result for COVID-19. There is financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.
In addition, you should try to avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential, for example for work (if you cannot work from home) or education.
Keeping yourself and others safe
Restrictions have been eased following the move to step 3. However we must continue to exercise caution. You should follow this guidance on what you can and cannot do. It is underpinned by law.
You should also follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.