Council urges caution over lifting of COVID restrictions

Merton Council has urged caution as the Government removed the remaining restrictions related to COVID-19. 

From today (Thursday 24 February), there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID.  

It is also no longer a requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for seven days or to self-isolate. 

Until now, adults and children who test positive had been asked to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days, then continue to isolate until they have two negative tests on consecutive days. 

The Government has also removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to take two asymptomatic tests a week.  

However, while the legal restrictions are being lifted, Merton’s residents are being urged to continue to take care to avoid unnecessary spread of the virus, particularly given the impact it could have on our most vulnerable residents. 

Council Leader Mark Allison said: “We urge people to be cautious as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Although the number of cases in Merton has fallen, it is still too high and the virus has not gone away. We need to take care when we’re out and about. 

“Vaccinations remain our strongest tool, so make sure you’re up-to-date with your jabs. We’d also encourage everyone to continue to wear a face covering when in confined spaces and to get tested if you experience any symptoms. 

“We are a strong community in Merton, so bear in mind that your actions can have a big impact not just on you personally, but on those who are ill, have no immunity or are unable to get vaccinated.” 

For more information on changes to restrictions, visit the Government’s website