The government’s roadmap is only a guideline in which the company can return to the new normal, however, the data surrounding the virus is what determines whether each step would be met.
New variants and infection rates are increasing in England and Hertfordshire as well.
The infection rate in each district of Herts fluctuates constantly where, in recent weeks, the numbers have skyrocketed.
Last week, eight out of ten boroughs experienced an increase in infection rates compared to the previous week.
If the numbers continue to rise, the government is highly unlikely to move forward with the final stage of the roadmap, scheduled for June 21, where there will be no Covid restrictions and where the company will open again.
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Jim McManus, vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said the data – not the dates – should drive the final decision, adding, “Patience now will pay off in the long run. “
Separately, The Times reports that ministers are considering a four-week deadline for a full reopening in England to give businesses and individuals certainty.
Public Health England (PHE) ‘s latest weekly surveillance report, released on Thursday, showed case rates rose in almost all age groups in England and more than doubled among those aged 20 to 29, from 54.0 per 100,000 people in the week ending May 30 to 121.0 in the seven days before June 6.
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Mr McManus – who is also director of public health in Hertfordshire – said: ‘Covid is not going to go away on June 21 and lifting all measures by the 21st risks undoing the important progress we have made.
“Lifting the measures completely on June 21 not only risks an increase in cases and hospitalizations, but also risks the introduction of new variants in the UK that will undermine our vaccination program and derail our path to normalcy.
“Instead, we would like to see an extension of the current measures – which entered into force on May 17 – and a postponement of the full reopening.
“This will help prevent a further increase in cases – especially in areas with high or sustained transmission – and allow time for more people to be vaccinated and protected against the Delta variant. “