Earlier in July Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a number of lockdown measures would be eased on August 1, however the easing of most measures has now been postponed due to a rising number of coronavirus cases in many regions. The UK nations have different lockdown measures in place, and in England measures also differ across the country – with parts of northern England subject to stricter lockdown measures than the rest of the country.
What lockdown measures change from August 1 in England?
Although the reopening of many businesses on August 1 has been postponed, there will be some changes to lockdown restrictions from this date.
The advice for those considered clinically extremely vulnerable to shield is being paused from August 1.
From this date, anyone who was previously shielding can go outside whenever they like, but the Government states people should try to keep “overall social interactions low”.
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What lockdown easing measures have been postponed?
Many businesses have already been allowed to reopen in England, starting with non-essential shops in June and some hospitality and tourism businesses in July.
However speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, July 31, Mr Johnson said a number of businesses will not be allowed to reopen from August 1 as planned.
This includes casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, and remaining close-contact services must also remain closed, while indoor performances will not resume.
Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will also not be taking place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.
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What are the current lockdown rules in England?
Parts of northern England are currently subject to stricter lockdown restrictions than the rest of England, due to a rising number of coronavirus cases in some places.
If you live in an area affected by stricter lockdown rules, you will need to check the Government or your local authority website to find out which rules are in place where you live.
For the rest of England, most of the current lockdown measures remain in place from August 1.
Social distancing guidelines of two metres apart, or “one metre plus” in cases where extra measures can be taken to keep people safe, remain the same.
In England, people should not socialise in groups of more than two households indoors.
People should also avoid socialising outdoors in groups of more than six people from different households.
Gatherings larger than six should only be taking place if everyone is from two households or support bubbles.
It is against the law for more than 30 people to gather in private homes, which includes gardens and other outdoor spaces.
You can stay overnight in someone else’s home, but you should ensure you maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with, or with people who are not in your support bubble.
Face coverings are compulsory on public transport and in shops and supermarkets in England.
However from August 8 the guidance on face coverings will be extended to include other public spaces indoors such as museums, cinemas and places of worship.
People are encouraged to wear face coverings anywhere they are around people they do not normally meet, but people with legitimate reasons do not need to wear a face-covering (there is further detail on the Government website).
Travel to campsites and hotels in the UK is permitted, providing you only visit in groups of two households.
Non-essential travel abroad is not advised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to countries not included on its exemption list.