As everyone is aware Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown saw many restrictions lifted in England from Monday 19 July, with variations in Scotland and Wales. However, no matter where you are in the UK, the pandemic is not over. Cases are increasing and a third wave is underway. This next phase does not mark the end of the need for caution and restraint. While many of the legal restrictions that the Government has imposed through the pandemic have been lifted, cautious guidance remains, making it clear this is not yet a return to normal. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is particularly important across Cygnet’s services where we continue to apply the same PPE requirements and exercise particular caution to keep those in our care, and our staff, safe. Across all Cygnet health and social care settings, staff, service users and visitors must continue to wear face masks*, coverings*, the appropriate PPE and adhere as far as is practicable to social distancing rules. It is vital that we continue to do all we can to prevent the virus spreading and mitigate the risk of infection. Our teams support some of the most vulnerable people in society and I am immensely proud of how everyone has worked hard to protect the individuals we care for. Please, let’s continue to do so to ensure they are protected and our staff can work safely to support them. If you have queries about visiting someone in a Cygnet setting, please contact the service directly and ascertain the visiting guidance so ensure that you have all the information you need. We all have an important part to play in acting responsibly, wearing PPE and having the vaccine. Booking a vaccine is easy and we would encourage everyone to do so to keep friends, family, colleagues and the wider community safe. Please book your appointment without delay. We are aligned with the NHS and Public Health guidance in relation to the wearing of face coverings in our services. Please continue to stay safe. With my best wishes. David Wilmott – Director of Nursing *Exemptions may apply where the appropriate risk assessments have been completed.