On the 22nd of February 2021, the Prime Minister set out our roadmap for a cautious easing of national restrictions, which will ensure that we do not undo the incredible progress that we have made so far. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step. This includes four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions, followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of the previous step. This assessment will be based on four tests:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
- Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
There will be a pause for up to four weeks at Step 3 and the vaccination programme will be accelerated to respond to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
By the 19th of July, we hope to have offered all adults a first dose and around two-thirds of all adults will have been offered two doses of the vaccine.
For now, Step 3 restrictions remain in place. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 after the 19th of July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced.
Step 3 restrictions will continue in their current format, with the following exceptions implemented from the 21st of June:
- The 30-person limit will be lifted for weddings and wakes. There will be no set limit on the number of attendees, but venues must adhere to covid secure guidance, maintain social distancing and provide table service. All weddings in private settings, such as gardens, must have completed a covid risk assessment to ascertain how many guests they can host safely.
- Event pilots will continue, including some Euro 2020 matches, Wimbledon, and some arts and music performances. Attendees will show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.
- Care home residents will no longer need to isolate if they leave their residence. Exceptions will include high-risk visits including overnight stays in the hospital.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country, including for people who have been vaccinated. In England:
- You can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households.
- You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people.
- Work from home if you can and travel safely.
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home.
- Pubs, theatres, and other venues can open indoors.
- Hotels, hostels, and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.
- England remains in Step 3
- If you’re in an area where the new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta) is spreading
- Keeping yourself and others safe
- Getting tested for COVID-19
- Meeting family and friends outdoors
- Meeting friends and family indoors (rule of 6)
- Support bubbles
- Going to work
- Going to school or college
- Universities and higher education
- Parent and child groups
- Providing care or assistance
- Support groups
- Exercise, sport and physical activity
- Funerals and linked commemorative events
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions
- Significant life events
- Places of worship
- Volunteering and charitable services
- Other circumstances where you can gather in larger groups
- If you break the rules
- Care home visits
- Staying away from home overnight
- Travelling within England
- Travelling within the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands
- International travel
- Moving home
- Financial support
- Businesses and venues
- Healthcare and public services
- Driving lessons and learning to drive
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