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COVID-19 : local rules, information and infection metrics

From Monday 29 March, Lockdown restrictions are being eased slightly which means:

  • outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are also allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside
  • outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and golf are allowed to reopen, and people are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports
  • the ‘stay at home’ rule ends but many restrictions remain in place; people should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes
  • travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons; holidays abroad are not allowed, given it remains important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.

From Monday 12 April, we will move into Step 2 of Lockdown Exit which will mean:

  • opening of non-essential retail
  • opening of personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons
  • opening of public buildings, including some libraries and community centres
  • indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, and theme parks
  • self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen
  • hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) - wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Positive test numbers:

'Sandiway' sub-region

Cheshire West & Chester

Map showing England and all its regions/suburbs


Links to other government information:

Roadmap out of lockdown - Spring 2021
     - a pictorial summary of these plans is shown below.

Covid-19 information from Cheshire West & Chester

Check if you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine:

Residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Cheshire West and Chester are encouraged to book their appointment.  Everyone aged 50 and over in England can now book their coronavirus vaccination, following a recent announcement.

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme progresses in the borough, people from a number of priority groups are invited to come forward.  The groups currently being offered the COVID-19 vaccination in the borough include:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who have a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)

Residents who are eligible can book an appointment at where they can choose a time slot and location that suits them. People who are eligible, but without online access, can call 119 to book a vaccination between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week. Vaccination appointments can also be booked on behalf of people they care for if they are unable to do it themselves.

Cheshire West and Chester Media Releases:

(PRESS HERE for full list)

7 April: "Care homes in Cheshire West and Chester free from Covid outbreaks"

7 April: "Stay vigilant and get your second dose"

1 April: "Over half the total population in west Cheshire now vaccinated"

1 April: "New collection points for COVID-19 home testing kits"

1 April: "Chester Cathedral COVID- 19 Testing Centre set to open on Tuesday 6 April 2021"

1 April: "Webinar planned to inform the hair and beauty industry how to safely reopen"

31 March: "Council's libraries, museums and the Cheshire Record Office begin to reopen services from April"

29 March: "Cheshire West and Chester Council welcomes restrictions easing but advises caution"

23 March: "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents no longer required to shield after 31 March"

17 March: "Free NHS COVID-19 home testing kits available for personal assistants across Cheshire"

12 March: "All adults with a learning disability urged to get the COVID-19 vaccine"

12 March: "Health leaders launch drive to help Ethnic Communities feel safe about Covid-19 Vaccine"

12 March: "Free PPE for extra resident unpaid carers in Cheshire"

10 March: "New COVID-19 testing centre announced for Chester"

5 March: "No-symptoms testing programme expands to tackle COVID-19"

7 Feb: "COVID-19 mass vaccination site to open at Chester Racecourse"

18 Jan: "Testing centre in Winsford opens for people without symptoms of COVID-19"


A pictorial summary of the plan for exiting the current lockdown in England is as follows: