As the UK steps out of its lockdown restrictions Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone to “remain cautious” amid rising cases.
“We must remain cautious, with cases rising across Europe and new variants threatening our vaccine rollout. Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules,” the prime minister said on Sunday evening.
Outdoor activities have resumed and people mixing in groups of six, or in two households has been legalised. However, indoor mixing is still reckoned to be risky and some rules including the wearing of masks remain in place to enhance everyone`s safety.
In a statement last night, DHSC urged people to resist peer pressure to flout Covid rules despite the easing out of the lockdown.
“[The new guidance] may mean being put in situations where you have to say no to joining a large group of more than six, or perhaps feeling pressured to go indoors with people outside your bubble,” said Laverne Antrobus, from the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust’s family mental health team.
“It is so important to set your boundaries and be assertive in those situations, and to continue following the guidance to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the virus.”
Concerns have also been raised that the resume of wider outdoor socialising could easily turn into indoor mixing risking much higher coronavirus transmission.