What does the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions mean for local health services?

On Monday 19th July, the UK Government lifted most COVID-19 restrictions in England. This has been called ‘Freedom Day’ by some people. So, what has changed, and how will this affect hospitals, GP practices, and other health services in Enfield?
Surgeon wearing a mask in a surgical suite, facing the camera

What changed on Monday?

The latest relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions comes as part of the delayed ‘Step Four’ of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. In this step, most remaining COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Social distancing measures and limits on crowds at both indoor and outdoor events have been removed, and the use of masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces is no longer a Government requirement. Individual service providers and business can still choose to keep COVID-19 measures in place.

Transport for London have announced that passengers must still wear masks on buses and trains in London, and most shops and supermarkets in Enfield have done the same. Many other shops and services are still limiting the number of people allowed inside to allow people to keep a distance from others.

What does this mean for local healthcare services?

Across Enfield, NHS safety measures remain in place in hospitals. The same infection prevention and control measures are in place, to ensure the safety of patients and NHS staff.

 

If you would like more information on the measures still in place in local hospitals, please click here.

Most local GP practices are keeping strict COVID-19 measures in place too. Many GP practices are still offering telephone or virtual consultations. Many are also limiting the number of people allowed in the practice, requiring everyone to wear a mask, and observing social distancing measures.

Do you have any concerns about accessing health and social care services now most restrictions have been removed?

We are the independent champion for people using local health and care services in Enfield. We want to know how you feel about the latest easing of restrictions, and if you have any concerns about accessing health and social care services.

We are running a short survey to find out how people are feeling following the latest relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions. If you have five minutes, please complete it here.

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