Everyone’s actions have helped to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, but the most important thing we can continue to do is stay alert and continue to control the spread of the virus.

The changes set our below will reopen much of society and the economy, but it remains essential that everyone goes about their lives in a manner which reduces the risk of transmission, whether they are at work, leisure or using public services.

From Saturday 4 July this will mean:

  • You can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case, even inside someone’s home that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • When you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • Those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should not change who you have formed a support bubble with
  • Additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels and campsites will be able to open. Certain premises where the risks of transmissions may be higher will remain closed
  • Other public places such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • You can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep to social distancing)
  • It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances.

When you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home.

You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble – even inside other people’s homes.

You should wash your hands regularly – this will help to protect you and anyone you come into contact with.

Protecting different groups of people

Some people, including those ages 70 and over, those with certain underlying conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they may be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we continue to ease restrictions, this group should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

Never visit a clinically vulnerable person if you think you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

Meeting family and friends

To avoid risks of transmission and stay as safe as possible, you should always maintain social distancing with people you do not live with – indoors and outdoors. You should only have close contact with others if you are in a support bubble with them.

You should:

  • Only gather indoors with members of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • Only gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households or in larger groups if everyone is from up to two households only
  • Only gather in slightly larger groups of up to 30 for major life events, such as weddings
  • Only gather in groups of more than 30 for specific set of circumstances that will be set out in law
  • Only visit businesses and venues in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) or with a group of six people from different households if outdoors
  • Not interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending these places with even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • Try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives - the more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread
  • Not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing when gathering in the group sizes advised
  • Only stay overnight away from your home in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household)
  • When asked, provide your contact details to a business so that you can be contacted as needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme

Visiting public places

You can spend time outdoors, including for exercise, as often as you wish. At all times, you should follow the guidance on group sizes and the guidance on staying safe outside your home.

You should plan ahead to ensure that, where you are visiting places like National Parks, beaches or other visitor attractions, you have checked that they are open and appropriately prepared for visitors. It is important to avoid large crowds where it may not be possible to socially distance.

Going to work

People who can work from home should continue to do so.

All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open. Workplaces should be set up to meet the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines before operating.

There is specific guidance in relation to work carried out in people’s homes – for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, cleaners, or those providing paid-for childcare in a child’s home.

Travelling safely

If you can, you should avoid using public transport, and aim to walk, cycle or drive instead. If you need to use public transport to complete your journey you should follow the guidelines in place.

From 15 June it became law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a; bus or coach, train or tram, ferry or hovercraft or other vessel, aircraft, cable car.

You should also wear a face covering in other enclosed spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distancing for example at stations, interchanges, ports and airports and in taxis and private hire vehicles.

Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or changed sense of smell or taste

If your symptoms are mild, NHS 11 will usually advise you and anyone you live with not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation.

  • Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started
  • Anyone who does not have symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms

Read more about self-isolation if you have symptoms of coronavirus.

Read the full guidance from the government on staying alert and safe (social distancing).  

How to stop infection spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

Do

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don't

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to a place like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the online 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help of advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.