Updates to be expected on 19 July
13th July, 2021
Boris Johnson has announced that England will move to the final stage of the COVID restrictions on 19 July.
What is expected to change regarding the current rules?
- There will be no limits on how many people are allowed to meet in any location.
- The 1 metre + rule is to be removed (except in places such as hospitals, or at border control when entering the country).
- Face coverings will no longer be required to be worn by law.
- Guidance to work from home where possible will be lifted but a gradual return to the workplace is encouraged.
Events and gatherings
- Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.
- Pubs and restaurants are no longer require to operate on a table-service only basis.
- There will be no limits on guests as weddings or funerals.
- There will be no limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events.
- There will be no restrictions imposed on communal worship.
Whilst there will no longer be limits in place, the government stressed that nightclubs and other venues with large crowds will be encouraged to use Covid status certification (domestic vaccine passport). In guidance published after the press conference, the government said that it may make certification a mandatory requirement for certain venues (if necessary) in the future.
- The restrictions and guidance against travel to amber-list countries has been removed.
- Fully vaccinated adults will no longer have to quarantine on their return to the UK after visiting amber-list countries.
- Under-18s will not be required to quarantine
- The requirement to self-isolate if contacted by Track and Trace will remain in place until 16 August 2021. After 16 August it will be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated and for under-18s.
- The requirement to self-isolate if someone tests positive for the virus will remain.
- The limits on numbers visiting care homes will be removed.
What is not expected to change?
Some restrictions will still be expected, although not mandatory. These include:
- People meeting outside where possible.
- It being “recommended and expected” by the government that people should wear facemasks in crowded public settings.
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