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Dear constituent,

Last week the Prime Minister laid out to Parliament the Government’s plan for reducing the restrictions. This has been called the “Roadmap”. He announced which restrictions will be lifted, and the reasons behind the changes. These are the "four tests". You can read full details about the roadmap on the government website here and I have summarised the key points below. 

Cases in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole are still reducing which is great news, but we cannot become complacent. You must continue to stay at home, and limit your interactions with people that you do not live with. 

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you or your family, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter. 

With best wishes,

Included in this update:

  • The Four Tests
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Vaccination Rollout
The Four Tests

Decisions on easing restrictions will be led by data rather than dates. It takes about four weeks for the data to show the impact of easing restrictions and the Government is keen for people and businesses to have notice of any changes. This means that there will be at least five weeks between the steps in the roadmap. 

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. The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
Step 1

Restarting face to face teaching for all pupils is a priority. Teachers have been doing a great job teaching key workers' children in school, and also providing remote learning for children at home.  It is clear however, that the best place for children is in school.
Outdoor activity has also been prioritised because the transmission is significantly lower in the open air than indoors. This will give us more freedom to meet while minimising the impact on transmission.

Step 1 has 2 main dates: March 8th & March 29th:

Step 2

At least 5 weeks after Step 1, if the conditions are right, there will be a further easing of restrictions, with retail and services opening up, including gyms, libraries & outdoor hospitality:

Step 3
Step 3 will be no earlier than 17th May, with most places able to re-open. This includes indoor hospitality and entertainment, like museums and cinemas, and indoor accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. Group sport and exercise classes indoors will be permitted.  

Restrictions on gatherings will be eased, with larger wedding parties, and other events such as Christenings allowed to go ahead. 

Step 4
Step 4 will be subject to the 4 tests, and will be no earlier that 21st June. As with the other steps, the Government will make announcements in advance to help people and businesses to prepare. 

The Government will lift most legal restrictions on social contact from this stage.
Vaccination Rollout

The rollout of vaccinations is continuing, and here in Dorset over 275,000 people have already had their first dose. This equates to approximately 45% of adults in Dorset. 

I will be sending out another update about the vaccines in a couple of weeks, but if you are over 60, and you have not yet been invited for your vaccine, you can book online here:
Book Vaccine

More details about the return to school can be found here:
Return to School

Both BCP and Dorset councils send out regular updates to residents. You can sign up here for BCP and here for Dorset.

Latest Government Corona Guidance
If you want to know details about the latest advice and rules for social distancing, you can find them on the government website here:
Latest Guidance




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