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