FAQs: Covid-19 Restrictions

Doncaster is now on the fourth step of the Governments roadmap out of national restrictions.

What does this mean?

Doncaster is on the fourth step of the government's roadmap out of lockdown.

This means that:

  • There is no legal limits on social contact
  • Reopening of the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances, above the Step 3 capacity restrictions.
  • Larger events can go ahead.
  • There will be no legal limit on life events such as weddings.

Why have we entered the next step of the Road map out of National Restrictions?

Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests. The tests are:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.

  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.

  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

  4. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

Are local pubs and restaurants open?

Yes, and there is currently no legal limit on social contact.

Are shops still open?

All retail is now open.

Are schools/Universities open?

School pupils and students in further education should go to school and college.

All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching during term time. 

You can find more information via our Support for Parents and Carers page.

Are gyms and leisure facilities open?

All indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities, such as gyms, sports courts, and swimming pools, including adult group sports and classes are now open.

Can weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals still go ahead?

Yes and there is now no legal limit on the amount of attendees to these important life events.

For further information, follow the guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

What do I do if I start experiencing coronavirus symptoms?

If you start to experience coronavirus symptoms, it is important that you get a test and self isolate immediately. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 to book a test.

Can I still visit a care home?

All care homes should seek to enable:

  • Indoor visiting by ‘named visitors’ for each residents (there is now no legal limit to how many named visitors a person can have). Visitors will need to comply with the arrangements from care homes regarding PPE and testing.
  • Every care home resident to choose to nominate an essential care giver who may visit the home to attend to essential care needs. The essential care giver should be enabled to visit in all circumstances, including if the care home is in outbreak

For more guidance on care homes, please visit the Gov webpage.

Can I still go on holiday?

All overnight accommodation in the UK may reopen. You can stay overnight in a:

  • Hotel / Bed & Breakfast
  • Campsite
  • Caravan
  • Boat
  • Second home
  • Other accommodation
There is no legal limit as to the number of people that you can go on holiday with.

Traveling abroad during Covid-19

International travel is allowed. However, there is now a red list of countries. To check a countries travel status, visit here.

For more information about what to expect before you travel, when you’re abroad and preparing for your return, including testing requirements, visit the Gov website

Can I move home or do house viewings?

You can move home.

Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings. Follow the national guidance on moving home safely.

What is the guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable?

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer advised to shield. The government are currently advising people to follow the same guidance under Step 4 as the general public. However, individuals may continue to follow the guidance for people who are CEV.

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Last updated: 04 October 2021 15:43:49