- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Where do I get tested?
There are several options
- You can travel to a drive-through testing site
- visit a mobile testing unit
- or get a home testing kit delivered
All the things you can do from July 4th:
What are the main changes?
- Two-metre rule will be relaxed
From July 4, the two-metre rule will be relaxed to ‘one metre plus’, meaning if you need to come within two metres of another person you should be mitigating the risk by wearing a face mask or taking other precautionary measures.
- Household changes
Households will also be allowed to visit each other and socialise inside or outside, however, only members from one household at a time will be able to visit. But, unlike the bubble system, people will have to maintain social distance – so family members who live apart will not be able to hug.
Weddings will also be allowed to take place again from July 4, but a maximum of 30 guests will be allowed and social distancing must also be observed.
- Hospitality sector
The changes also include vast amounts of the economy being allowed to reopen, with pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels all permitted to trade again in early July.
The venues listed as being able to reopen include:
- Pubs, bars and restaurants but only with a table service indoors and owners will be asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing
- Hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks but shared facilities must be cleaned properly
- Theatres and music halls but they will not be allowed to hold live performances
- In other changes, weddings will be allowed to have 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned
- Hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen but must have protective measures, such as visors, in place
- Libraries, community centres and bingo halls
- Cinemas, museums and galleries
- Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, skating rinks and model villages
- Indoor attractions where animals are exhibited, such as at zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres
The following places will remain closed by law
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Spas (Can reopen from 25th July)
- Nail bars and beauty salons (Can reopen from 13th July)
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours (Can reopen from 13th July)
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities (Can reopen from 25th July)
- Swimming pools and water parks (Can reopen from 25th July)
- Exhibition or conference centres – other than for those who work for that venue.
As of the announcement on Thursday 9th July, the following businesses can open from Monday 13th July – beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons, and other “close contact services” like nail bars. However, necessary restrictions on procedures carried out directly in-front of the face will severely limit what some businesses can offer.
Outdoor pools can reopen from Saturday 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities may open from Saturday 25 July with new guidance on spacing out and cleaning equipment, plus limiting the number of people in facilities and smaller class sizes.
Casinos, nightclubs, bowling alleys, soft play, exhibition and conference centres will remain closed for now.
You must wear a face covering on public transport
From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. With the new one meter plus mitigation rule, wearing a covering has become even more essential. The Government has made it law to wear them on all trains, buses, trams, ferries and aircraft in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Covering the mouth and nose like this cuts the risk of asymptomatic carriers – people who are infected but showing no symptoms – from passing on the virus.
DIY face coverings can be used, even scarves or thin cloth masks.