The Government lifted national restrictions on Monday July 19, and released guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The Government have stated that, while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 were lifted at step 4:
- You no longer need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There are no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
Covid-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe.
Keeping yourself and others safe
There are still cases of Covid-19 in England and there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. You are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us.
If you are worried about going back to a more ‘normal’ life, there is information from the NHS on how to cope with anxiety about lockdown lifting.
Last updated: Mon 6th September, 2021 @ 12:21