With more lockdown restrictions easing from Saturday 4 July 2020, here’s a rundown of the new guidelines.
So, what’s changing?
1. Meeting Family & Friends
From 4 July, you can meet in groups of two households in public, private, indoor, and outdoor spaces. Whatsmore, you don’t always have to meet up with the same household. You can meet different households at different times.
But remember to practice social distancing with anyone who is not part of your household. This means 2 meters apart!
You must not meet up with more than two households indoors.
You can continue to meet up outside with groups of up to six people from different households. You can meet up with more than six people if everyone is from the same two households.
If you live on your own and have a support bubble it only counts as one household.
2. Travelling to Work
You can now travel to work if you cannot reasonably work from home, even if you’re not a critical worker. But you should keep working from home if you can.
When travelling to work try to avoid public transport. Instead, cycle, walk or drive. If you must use public transport, make sure you wear a face-covering. For face-covering options, check out our list of 10 Best Face Mask Designs.
3. Weddings, Events & Mass Gatherings
Weddings ceremonies & civil partnerships can go-ahead from the 4 July. However, you can not hold a wedding reception or party. This is because it is too difficult to maintain social distancing at these events. You can have a maximum of 30 people at a wedding ceremony.
For the new rules on funerals, please read the guidance from gov.uk.
A large gathering of more than thirty people and mass events remain against the law. This means concerts and football matches are still off the table.
We’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can attend or hold a party!
4. Places Reopening
Several businesses will soon be able to resume services. This means from next weekend you can enjoy a drink at the pub, go out for a meal, visit local attractions, and finally, get a haircut!
For a full list check out gov.uk.
There are still many businesses that must remain closed by law. These include nightclubs, massage parlours, nail bars, indoor gyms, and swimming pools.
5. Overnight & Day Trips
From 4 July, you will be able to stay overnight away from home with members from one other household. Hotels, bed & breakfast accommodations, and holiday homes will all be reopening.
There is no limit on the distance you can travel. But bear in mind, if you visit Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you must follow their rules. And, if you travel internationally, you must follow the rules of the country you visit.
On returning to the UK from abroad you must self-isolate for 14 days.
6. Guidelines for the Clinically Vulnerable
From 4th July you will be able to visit the clinically vulnerable outdoors & indoors. The clinically vulnerable include people over 70, people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women. When meeting indoors it is very easy for transmission to occur, so you must practice social distancing and hand washing.
If you wish to visit someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, you must check the gov.uk website for guidance for a shielded person.
Keep washing those hands!
Remember, even with the easing of restrictions, we must keep adhering to safety guidelines for COVID-19.
- Washing your hands regularly
- Using a tissue and disposing of safely when sneezing
- Coughing into the crook of the elbow
- Keeping a 2m distance from anyone you do not live with or is not in your support bubble
- Wear face-coverings when on public transport, visiting your GP, or hospital