COVID-19 UPDATE – 9/12/2021
- From Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.
- From Wednesday 15 December (subject to parliamentary approval) the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather, including:
- Unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people
- Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
- Any venue with more than 10,000 people.
The NHS Covid Pass can still be obtained with two doses but will be kept under constant review as the boosters roll out. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.
You are legally required to wear face coverings indoors in shops and on public transport services. This includes:
- Shops and close contact services (such as hairdressers and beauty therapists), including those within another type of business or facility such as a gift shop within a museum
- Shops and communal areas in shopping centres
- Public transport services (such as buses, trains and trams) and transport services open to the public (such as indoor areas of private hire coaches, open-top bus tours and leisure boats)
- Transport hubs (such as airports; maritime ports; rail, bus and coach stations), including any businesses located within a transport hub (except hospitality venues like cafes and bars)
Know Before You Go
We are delighted to welcome you back to Shropshire for that long-waited day out, holiday or break. Our beautiful region is as wonderful as ever, but some things have changed. Most importantly, we all need to abide by the Government guidelines to ensure we are all safe and able to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Escape the Everyday Responsibly
With restrictions easing, many of us are keen to get out and explore once more. But we all have a part to play our part in managing, mitigating and reducing the risk of Covid-19.
To make sure our newfound freedom is as beneficial to everyone as can be, we’ve put together some tips on how to look after people, businesses, animals and the environment and take responsibility for ourselves and our surroundings when on our travels.
- Plan and book ahead. We want you to have a great time in Shropshire. In order to do that, you need to plan in advance, especially for dining, staying over and visiting attractions. Many attractions, restaurants and eateries will have reduced capacity and are not accepting walk-ins, so booking ahead will ensure you are not disappointed. Check individual websites to see which locations are ready to welcome you before starting your journey.
2. Remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy. Respect everyone around you, protect the environment and enjoy the great outdoors.
4. Be kind to staff and residents, and support local independent businesses where you can. Remember the past year has been challenging for everyone, and we are all trying to adapt to new measures where possible.
5. Look out for the We’re Good To Go mark – it shows businesses that are operating in line with government and public health COVID guidance.
6. Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments – and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream!
7. Take hand sanitiser with you – you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands.