This content was last updated on 19 July 2021.
Government previously announced a 4 step plan to ease lockdown and restrictions in England.
Our website has been updated with further information about these changes.
You can find out more information on these changes by visiting GOV.UK - Step 4 precautions or view the details below.
This page is accurate based on the information and guidance we have received from Government. We will update this page with any further information we receive.
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why key protections will be kept in place at step 4 from 19 July:
Vaccines remain the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from the virus. It is important that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as they are able and gets both doses of the vaccine.
Eligible adults over the age of 18 living in Preston may now receive their first dose of the vaccine at St John's Shopping Centre. Adults who are unsure whether or not they are eligible should speak with staff at the vaccine centre.
Adults aged 18+ may also now book and appointment for their vaccine through the national booking system by visiting NHS - book coronavirus vaccination.
You can find answers to common questions and misinformation about vaccines in a range of languages by visiting British Islamic Medical Association - coronavirus vaccination.
Regular testing is important to identify new cases and to drive down the spread of the virus. You can now order free lateral flow testing kits BY visiting GOV.UK - coronavirus rapid lateral flow testing kit.
Please take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and if positive book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.
It is essential that you and your close contacts self-isolate for the full amount of time instructed following a positive test.
For the latest information on coronavirus testing in Preston, please visit Covid testing available for everyone in Preston.
You may be asked to self-isolate for a number of reasons including a positive test for you, someone in your household, if you've been contacted by the NHS - Test and Trace service or whether you are experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate please see self-isolating.
If you are concerned about the implementation of COVID secure measures in a business, workplace or other public building please report this by using our online form:
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms visit NHS - COVID-19.
If you are displaying these symptoms or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible.
Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.
Help for vulnerable people is still available via Preston Together.