Monday 14th June 2021: The final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England is to be delayed for four weeks until the 19 July.

This means current restrictions on social contact will continue beyond the 21st June. Scientists advising the government had warned there could be a significant resurgence in people needing hospital treatment for Covid if stage four of easing the lockdown went ahead on the 21st June. This comes amid rising cases, driven by the more transmissible Delta variant, which was first identified in India. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was confident the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks.

Current rules:

  • The Rule of Six will be extended to indoor areas, which means groups of six – or larger if they are from just two households – can meet in people’s homes. People can meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will be allowed to open indoors, with the Rule of Six in place inside, and groups of up to 30 outside. Venues will still be table service only.
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and museums can open 
  • Indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events can begin again. Attendance will be capped according to venue type 
  • Indoor group sports and exercise classes can start 
  • Up to 30 are allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives) 
  • All holiday accommodation will be able to open, including hotels and B&Bs, and can be used by groups of up to six or two households. 
  • International travel can restart under a traffic light system, with countries split into green, amber and red lists.
  • Weddings and christenings can take place with up to 30 people 
  • Legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals will be removed and maximum numbers of mourners will be set by the number of people who can safely socially distance in the venue 
  • Care home residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with a maximum of two at any one time, provided they test negative for Covid
  • Social distancing guidance is also changing. Contact with close family and friends is described as a matter of personal judgement, but people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging


Shielding rules ended on the 1st April. The decision to relax the advice around shielding comes as the number of cases of Covid continues to fall. Government guidance recommends that clinically extremely vulnerable people continue to take additional precautions such as working from home and following social distancing measures.

Individuals will be able to access priority supermarket delivery slots until 21 June if they have already registered for these. Support is also still available from Here2Help and the NHS Responder Scheme

If you are aged 16 or over, you should already have been offered your first dose of the vaccine. If you have not yet received your first dose, please contact your GP. If you have received your first dose, make sure that you get your second dose when it is offered to you, to further increase your level of protection. Even if you have had your vaccination, you should continue to take extra precautions to stay safe.

Covid Vaccination

For more information on the Covid vaccine click HERE to go to the NHS webpage.

If you are a carer and not had your first vaccination yet, please contact your GP surgery to register as a carer and arrange an appointment.

WAC have co-produced with Herefordshire & Worcestershire CCG an information leaflet regarding vaccinations for those with a learning disability and their family carers. Click HERE to read.

Vaccine update: 14th June 2021

  • Nearly 42 million people have now received their first dose of the vaccine; nearly 30 million have recieved both doses.
  • Everyone aged 25 and over can get the Covid vaccine. You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. To book your vaccination, or manage your appointments click HERE.
  • The aim is to vaccinate everyone aged 18 or over in the UK with one dose by the end of July, and the government says it is on track to make this deadline

Contacting Worcestershire Association of Carers

You can continue to contact us in various ways:

  • Our telephone helpline (0300 012 4272) is available from 9:00am - 7:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday.  Please do get in touch if you need any information or support
  • Our live web chat is also available from 9:00am - 7:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday. Go to any web page and click online in the bottom right hand corner.
  • We’ll do our best to keep in touch with carers via phone, social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • You can email us at [email protected] 

We hope to be able to make sure that we keep in touch with carers who usually attend our monthly groups, and encourage group members to stay in contact with each other

  • We are running a variety of online information, wellness and coffee break sessions for carers (you will need a computer or smart phone to access the sessions) 
  • We’ll still be publishing Caring News, our magazine for carers. Our latest edition is available HERE.

Additional help:

For support from Worcestershire County Council Here2Help or Social Care call 01905 786053 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm) or visit

The NHS Responder Scheme can be contacted on 0808 196 3646 to make a referral for anyone you care for or to seek support for yourself.

What do I do if I care for someone and I need to self-isolate?

If you are providing essential care, it is vital to stop and self-isolate if you start having symptoms of COVID-19 – these include a loss of smell and taste or the more commonly known symptoms of a persistent cough or fever.

If you are notified that you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus by the NHS Test and Trace system: 

  • you must self-isolate for 10 days
  • follow the advice in this guidance.

If you have to self isolate and are using a care service, let your care service provider know and they will discuss how best they can support you through this period.

If you are self isolating and would usually provide care, or if you support someone you don’t live with, and feel that alternative provision is required, please contact the Adult Social Care Access Centre on 01905 768053. Please be clear what support is needed.

If you are worried that you or someone you look after may be at risk, NHS 111 can offer direct guidance through their online coronavirus helpline. Call 111 if your (or their) symptoms become severe, and let them know you are a carer.

Emergency Planning

Have you thought about what you might do if you become ill? Planning for emergencies will give you and the person you care for peace of mind, knowing that back up support can be put place in case you need it. Click HERE for more information.

Face Coverings

By law you must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. 

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. If you feel you fit into the exemption category you download an exemption badge for your mobile phone or print one off here. This will help you to not be questioned. 

Further Information:

Updated advice and information for unpaid Carers has been released from the Government. Please visit Govt info for unpaid Carers

Updated advice and FAQs on the most recent update can be found HERE

If you would like more information about Coronavirus and your caring role please visit CARERS UK Coronavirus Guidance

If you would like to read more about NHS guidance please visit NHS guidance on Coronavirus

NHS Every Mind Matters: Looking after your mental health

Mind: Coronavirus and your well-being

Here2Help: Staying at home well-being