Changes from Monday 29 March

From Monday 29 March, either two households or up to six people are allowed to meet outdoors, including private gardens. 

On this date, the ‘stay at home’ rule will be lifted, but many restrictions still remain in place to keep us safe. 

The key rules from 29 March are: 

  • Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the rule of six) or two households are now allowed  
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, can reopen  
  • People can take part in formally organised outdoor sports  
  • People should continue to work from home where they can  
  • People should minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes  
  • Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.  

When you leave home, remember: Hands.Face.Space. 

From 29 march you can gather with two households or up to 6 people outdoors
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Latest weekly case figures

COVID-19 case rates across Dorset have remained at similar levels this week, with a slight fall in the case rate for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Case rates are lower than the England average and around the same as the South West average. COVID-related hospital admissions and deaths continue to fall. Over 425,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have now been given across the county. 

Summary of the most recent data for the BCP Council area:
  • 7 day case rates per 100,000: 25 (compared to 33.4 in last update on 19 March)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days: 99 (compared to 132 in last update on 19 March)
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Day of Reflection

This week we marked the National Day of Refkection (23 March) by lighting up Poole's Twin Sails bridge yellow to remember those that we have lost to the pandemic and to show support to those who are grieving.
Financial support to get you to your COVID-19 vaccination
travel support

Anyone who needs help to get to their vaccination appointment can contact our helpline on 0300 1237052 or complete our online form.

We are offering support towards the costs of a taxi journey to local vaccination appointments for those who need it.

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Vaccination appointments

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Appointments for first doses are still available for the rest of March, but they are filling up fast. So if you are in an eligible group e.g. aged 50 or over, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now.

It’s quick and simple to book online or by phoning 119, and the vaccines are safe and effective.

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Changes from 1 April for the clinically extremely vulnerable

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In line with the government’s COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 roadmap published last month, from 1 April those on the shielded patient list can begin to follow the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population. People are still advised to continue working from home where possible.

However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself and keep the number of social interactions low. If you have any concerns speak to your GP.

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