Lifting of restrictions on 19th July – England only.
(information from BBC)
Faith communities: No restrictions on communal worship.
· No limits on how many people can meet.
· 1m-plus rule removed (except in some places like hospitals, or before passport control when entering the country).
· Face coverings no longer required by law.
Events and gatherings
· Nightclubs can open.
· Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only.
· No limits on guests at weddings and funerals.
· No limits on people attending concerts, theatres, or sports events.
· Guidance recommending against travel to amber countries removed.
· Adults fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days after returning from amber-list countries.
· Under-18s will not need to quarantine.
· Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed.
· On 16 August, most Covid restrictions in schools - including "bubbles" - will come to an end, ahead of the autumn term.
· From the same date, double-vaccinated adults may not need to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who tests positive. However, it will remain a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid.
The health secretary said:
People should meet others outside where possible
It is "expected and recommended" that people should wear face coverings (unless exempt) in crowded public settings such as public transport
Businesses such as nightclubs - and large events - will also be encouraged to use Covid-certification in "high risk settings".
People working from home will be encouraged to return to the workplace gradually.
A review will take place in September to assess how prepared the country is for autumn and winter.