What’s changing in Lockdown rules today?

Today is another milestone in the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions,  so what is different from now on?

Social distancing rules change from 2 metres to ‘1 metre plus.’  The advice is still to keep 2 mtr where possible and to reduce the risks when closer by: wearing masks in busy places and on transport, washing/sanitising hands frequently, try not to stand or talk face to face and limit your time in busy places.

Meeting up with other people:  In England, two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside, including overnight stays. The two households have to maintain social distancing throughout, unless they are part of the same support bubble.  Indoor meetings of more than two households are not recommended because of the higher risk of infection.

From 6 July, people who are clinically vulnerable and are “shielding” will be able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors, including individuals outside of their household, and form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.


Opening up of more businesses and venues:  Most businesses can now re-open (although a number may choose to delay this):

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and holiday accommodation can now re-open.  Also allowed to re-open (providing they can do so safely) are:

Some businesses are still not legally allowed to open such as:

  • Close-contact services such as nail bars
  • Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools, indoor gyms and soft play centres
  • Theatres and concert halls are not able to host live performances –

More information or answers to questions on gov.uk