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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

 

2. Remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy. Respect everyone around you, protect the environment and enjoy the great outdoors.

 

3. Avoid tourist hotspots where you can and check out local hidden gems instead. Find great local inspiration on our Inspire Me! page.

 

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.

 

And here are a few more for you to bear in mind when exploring Shropshire’s outdoor spaces:

  • Let’s try our best to keep our outdoor spaces looking beautiful by putting all rubbish in the nearest bins or taking it home if bins are full.
  • Whilst enjoying the great outdoors more, you’re likely to come across wildlife. Try not to disturb them, or any farm animals for that matter. Keep your four-legged friend on a lead and remember to bag and bin any mess they leave behind.
  • Don’t use disposable barbecues as they risk causing wildfires – get a takeaway burger instead.
  • Stick to designated footpaths and follow local signage for restrictions on routes.

The countryside code contains advice for the public and landowners, making it easier for visitors to help respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.

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