A Staffordshire health leader is asking people to ensure they stay safe over the Easter weekened.
A number of coronavirus restrictions were eased last week, allowing people to mix in groups of up to six outdoors.
As a result, country parks and outdoor spaces are expected to be busy over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, said it was important people still took steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“It’s great that people can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, but people have worked so hard to get to this point that we must hold on to the gains we have made.
“We cannot afford to let our guard down the time to relax and stop taking precautions.
“The vaccination programme has been a tremendous success, but it will be months before everyone is vaccinated and even longer before the full benefits are known.
“That’s why we must continue to stick to the rules, continue to be tested twice a week and get vaccinated when we become eligible.
“A surge in cases will risk delays on the release of restrictions or even worse a return to full lockdown.”Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council
Under the laws amended this week, the stay at home rule is lifted, although people are encouraged to stay local.
Outdoor sports facilities have also reopened with organised outdoor sports able to be played.
Dr Harling added:
“There has been a great deal of hard work and sacrifice in the last 12 months to get to where we are today and it would be terrible to undo all that by becoming careless now.
“It’s up to us all to follow the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance and get tested regularly.
“That is the way to keep the virus under control and give us the best chance of getting our freedoms back.”Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council