COVID-19: What Rules Have Changed From 19th July 2021?

Big changes to Covid restrictions have been made in England, read below to find out more:
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What restrictions have now changed? 

Social Distancing

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering)
  • Face coverings no longer required by law, although the government still "expects and recommends" them in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • Some shops and transport operators will still require masks

Events and Gatherings 

  • Nightclubs can reopen
  • Pubs and restaurants are no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship


  • Guidance recommending against travel to amber list countries removed
  • Under-18s and fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self isolate after visiting amber list countries - although those returning from France to the UK must still quarentine for 10 days 

Other Changes

  • Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed.
  • From 16 August, most COVID restrictions in schools, including 'bubbles' - will end.
  • From the same date, fully vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

What guidance remains in place? 

  • People should continue to meet others outside where possible.
  • Businesses such as nightclubs - and large events - will be encouraged to use the NHS Covid Pass to check people are fully vaccinated. However, they won't legally have to do so.
  • People working from home will be encouraged to return to the workplace gradually. 

BSL COVID-19 19th July Update

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