Coronavirus Alert Level 3 – What does it mean?
Last week on Friday 19th June the UK went from a coronavirus Level 4 alert down to a Level 3. But what does that mean?
The latest update from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Government comes as it changes its assessment of the pandemic across the country. Level 3 means that the virus is in general circulation, but transmission is no longer “high or rising exponentially”, like it is at Level 4.
This means that social distancing measures and lockdown restrictions can begin to be gradually relaxed. The UK enters its next landmark stage on July 4, when the Government is expected to further relax restrictions and more business can reopen, following new health guidelines and measures. These businesses include hotels, hairdressers and pubs and restaurants and other leisure and personal care establishments.
However, if the infection and death numbers rise to a second peak, the Government may be forced to reinstitute measures they have previously lifted. This is based on the ‘R’ rate being below 1, which it currently is on average throughout the UK.
The 5 alert levels are:
Level 1 COVID-19 is not known to be present in the UK.
Level 2 COVID-19 is present in the UK, but the number of cases and transmission is low.
Level 3 A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation.
Level 4 A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially.
Level 5 As level 4 and there is a material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed.