20th Aug 2020 Update| Changes in restrictions
From 15 August, the following businesses can reopen and activities can resume provided they follow the Covid-19 Secure guidelines:
- skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- indoor performances
- remaining close contact services, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
- wedding receptions and celebrations for up to 30 people, in the form of a sit-down meal
What else will change in the next few months?
From 1 September:
- schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis
- universities are working to reopen as fully as possible
From 1 October, if prevalence remains around or below current levels:
- we will bring back audiences in stadiums, and allow conferences and other business events to recommence in a COVID-19 Secure way
In November, our ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on a number of factors, including consideration of the specific challenges as we move into winter.
What should I still avoid doing?
It remains the case that you should not:
- socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
- socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
- interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
- hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines
- stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)
It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. This can include weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals (which we advise should be limited to no more than 30 people), religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups. If attending a place or event that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with. It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe. The government will be introducing fines for those who facilitate or organise illegal gatherings of over 30 people.
Please consult the local restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area. In some areas, it will be illegal to meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
I don’t have to stay at home anymore?
You don’t have to stay at home anymore but when you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home.
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Government updates on Coronvirus: www.gov.uk/coronavirus