Covid Roadmap – Legal restrictions end today but caution still needed

The final stage of lockdown easing happens todays so that most legal restrictions are no longer in place but health experts and the government are urging caution as we start to return to normality and reminding that covid is still very much around.

The main changes are means there are now no laws requiring you to wear a mask or social distance and limits on how many people can meet have been lifted.

However the guidance is:

To continue to wear masks in crowded and in indoor public spaces, on public transport etc.  Businesses may still require you wear a mask when you enter.

To meet people outside where possible

Limit the contact you have with people you do not usually live with, including keeping the number of people and the time you spend with them low, and not getting too close to them.

What’s changing in England on 19 July?

Graphic showing changes from 19 July

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. (Those returning from France to England, Wales and Scotland must still quarantine for 10 days)
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.