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 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


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 rules and guidance remain in Scotland?

Masks compulsory on public transport and in shops "for some time"

Hospitality venues to close at midnight

Nightclubs and adult entertainment closed

In indoor public places, social distancing changes from 2m (6ft) to 1m including between different household groups

Outdoor group gatherings limited to 15 people from up to 15 households - no social distancing required within the group, but 1m required between different groups

People should carry on working from home

The government hopes to lift most remaining restrictions on 9 August.


How are the rules changing in Wales?

Wales moves to Alert Level 1 on 17 July:


Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation

Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing

Ice rinks can reopen

No limits on how many people can meet outdoors in public places, or at events

The six-person limit does not apply if everyone is from the same or extended household.


From 19 July, adults returning from amber-list countries no longer have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated in the UK, and nor will under-18s travelling with them.


The government hopes to move to Alert Level 0 on 7 August. This would mean:


All premises can open, including nightclubs, with most restrictions replaced by risk assessments

No legal limits on the number of people who can meet indoors, including private homes

Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places and on public transport for the present time.



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