Posted: 20.07.21 at 14:22 by LAYTH YOUSIF @HitchinNubNews
We have seen all legal Covid restrictions lifted in Hitchin and across the land after a four-week delay.
But what does that mean for us across north Herts?
Here's our breakdown of what it all means for Hitchin, and across the nation:
Face coverings, social distancing, care homes
You will no longer have to wear a face covering by law, but it's still being advised by the government and senior health officials.
Social distancing will also be a thing of the past, and you'll be able to meet with as many people as you wish.
In addition, there will no longer be any restrictions on the number of people who can visit care homes.
The government is advising people to meet outside where possible, however.
Restaurants, pubs, nightclubs
Restaurants and pubs will be able to serve standing customers, not just those at tables - and nightclubs will be able to reopen for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
However, the government is encouraging businesses to use something called the 'NHS Covid Pass' in high-risk settings.
The NHS Covid Pass 'allows you to check your Covid status and demonstrate that you are at lower risk of transmitting to others, through full vaccination, a recent negative test, or proof of natural immunity.'
Find out more here
Events, weddings, worship services
There will be no restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend weddings, funerals, or worship services.
Other large gatherings will also be permitted, such as football matches or music events.
If you're fully vaccinated you won't have to quarantine after visiting amber list countries.
For full travel advice during the pandemic, click here
Working from home
The government 'expects and recommends' that people across Hitchin, north Herts and wider afield return to the workplace over the summer.
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