People in Oldham urged to wear face masks, despite 'Freedom Day' rules relaxation.

Date published: 19 July 2021

People in Oldham should continue to wear face coverings, get vaccinated and keep getting tested, as Covid restrictions ease across the UK, according to Oldham's Council Leader, Arooj Shah. 

Today, Monday 19 July, “Step Four” of Coronavirus guidance comes into effect – effectively meaning the lifting of the majority of legal restrictions.

However, Oldham's Covid cases continue to rise and the area has the highest rate in Greater Manchester.

Figures say that 640 people per 100,000 now have the virus, up from 583 the previous week — significantly higher than the UK average.

Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, is urging people to be cautious and to keep protecting themselves and others.

She says: “We can’t blow it now. Even though it won’t be law to wear face coverings in public places, and to socially distance, I’m urging Oldhamers to continue to do so after 19 July, to keep yourselves and others safe.

"It’s also so important that everyone takes up the vaccination when it is offered; gets tested regularly; and self-isolates when asked to.

"There are walk-in vaccination clinics every day here in Oldham and it couldn’t be easier to get the jab which we know is saving lives and stopping people becoming seriously ill."

One of the major changes that comes into effect from today, is that nightclubs can reopen their doors again.  Although they will be required to use the 'NHS COVID pass', which checks people are fully vaccinated. 

                                               Roundup of major changes to the rules

- There are now no limits on how many people can meet. 

- Pubs and restauarants will no longer be table service only. 

- No limits to number of guests at weddings and funerals. 

- No limits to people attending concerts, theatres or sporting events. 

- Face masks are no longer required by law. 

- People are urged to return to work gradually. 

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