The End of COVID-19

From 1st April 2022, COVID-19 Restrictions in most of the UK have been been ended.

From 24th February 2022

  • The legal requirement to self isolate following a positive test ended
  • Self Isolation payments ended
  • Routine Contact Tracing ended with the requirement to test for 7 days after contact needed
  • The legal requirement for non-vaccinated close contacts to self isolate ended

From 1st April 2022

  • Those with COVID-19 symptoms are expected to exercise personal responsibility
  • Free COVID-19 Testing (Symptomatic/Asymptomatic) has been stopped
  • Voluntary COVID-19 status certification is no longer recommended

In line with these current recommendations, I have taken the decision to cease working with restrictions in place and return to operating under a more ‘normal’ set of practices. As such, the COVID-19 Policy previously available here has been removed, together with the “We’re Good To Go” Logo, and the associated risk assessment annotated as no longer being valid.

Naturally, I will continue to monitor any changes to the situation in the UK and beyond and, if needed in the future, will re-implement any appropriate restrictions in order to keep myself, my clients and others safe.

Thank you to everyone who I’ve worked with over the last couple of years while we’ve battled against these very troubling times. Lets hope we don’t see a resurgence of the virus ever again.

Restrictions Lifted

As almost all of you will be aware, the UK Government are lifting the vast majority of Covid-19 legal restrictions today, including the need to self isolate following a positive test. There is still advice in place to stay at home if we do test positive, but it appears to be the same as with most viruses that we’re to do so on our own cognisance.

With the above changes taken into account, I’ve updated my Covid-19 Risk Assessment to reflect these changes, although it’s almost entirely now a moot point to have one.

Of course, I’m going to continue monitoring how things proceed from here and, as I’m sure will many of you, will wait to see what may happen next. If things continue to go as they are presently, I will be reviewing the need to continue having a Covid specific section of the site on the 1st April, when the Government plan to lift the last of the legal sanctions in place.

I’m sure that you’ll all agree that this is great news, both in terms of the events industry and general life itself. It’s been a very difficult 2 years, with many of my industry contacts taking a hit to their businesses, sometimes catastrophically.

Lets look forwards to living with Covid in a more practical way and, finally, being able to get back to some sense of normality.

Restrictions Ease

From today it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings around the UK but the advice is still to wear such protection when in crowded areas, particularly indoors when close to people we don’t normally meet.

With this new guidance in mind, I have reviewed our current COVID-19 Risk Assessment to reflect these changes and update my practices accordingly.

I will still be carrying a face covering with me when attending events and, in the situations where I need to be inside or close to people (regardless of location) I will continue to wear them on a case-by-case basis.

Whilst I won’t be routinely self testing for the Covid virus as a matter of course any longer, I will still be making use of the testing kits I have in the event that I suspect I may have come into contact with someone displaying symptoms.

Tier 4 Restrictions

Following the Government’s decision to raise the COVID-19 restrictions to Tier 4 across most of the East of England and then place the country into Lockdown, we have made the decision to place all activities on hold until further notice in line with current legislation.

As always, we will continue to monitor updates made by the government and adjust our policies and practices accordingly.

The particular piece of guidance related to us and our services is as follows:

Sports and Physical Activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will close. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding arenas and playgrounds can remain open for individual exercise, and for people to use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household. Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people is allowed.

Guidance Tier 4: Stay at Home

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