Step 4

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at Step 4 and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Hand Hygiene

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 second
Respiratory Hygiene
  • 'catch it, bin it, kill it'
You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet. However, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts. You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. While cases are high, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

This is why it’s important to:

  • get a test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, even if your symptoms are mild
  • isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or when told to do so by NHS Test and Trace
  • meet others outside or let fresh air in
  • minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
  • quarantine when returning from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries

In addition, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

Coronavirus in children

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:


  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You are not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

    • you are fully vaccinated
    • you are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
    • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
    • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

    Instead, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

People can register for a test at, after checking their symptoms


There are 3 types of test sites:

  •  Remote test sites-drive in only
  •  Local test sites-walk in
  •  Mobile test units –these move around every few days.

 The test sites are generally open seven days a week from 8am-8pm



Remote learning during self-isolation
If your child/ren needs to isolate they should follow the remote learning set by the school. If your child is isolating and they are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, please only commence remote learning once they feel well enough. All remote learning information can be accessed via the following link to the school website via this link: Remote Learning