Government guidance for keeping yourself and others safe from Covid-19.

Most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 will be lifted at step 4. However, Covid-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

From 19 July:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be 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 over the summer.
  • 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 will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be 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 will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

From 16 August:

People without symptoms who are double jabbed, as long as the second jab was 14 days ago or more, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead they will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. Under-18s without symptoms also no longer need to isolate and will be given advice on testing by NHS Test and Trace depending on their age. Find out how to book a PCR test.

Double jabbed people identified as close contacts will be advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. They will not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age in order to break onwards chains of transmission.

Businesses and venues

  • All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues will be able to reopen.
  • All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events will be lifted.
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.
  • All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance.

Find out more about keeping businesses and venues safe.

International travel

The Government has introduced a traffic light system for international travel. You should not travel to countries or territories on the red or amber lists.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the last 10 days before you arrive. People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK.