Step 4 delayed
As a result of the Delta variant leading to a rise in Covid-19 cases, the Government has unfortunately had to delay Step 4 of the Lockdown Roadmap. This means we’re still in Step 3. It’s expected that we’ll move to Step 4 on Monday 19th July, although this won’t be confirmed until Monday 12th July.
In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the changes that were made for Step 3 and which are in force at the moment.
Most restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people are still illegal. Indoors, the “Rule of 6” or 2 households applies. You should continue to keep your distance from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
If you’re indoors in any type of public building, or on public transport, you must wear a face covering unless you’re exempt.
Business and activities
Most businesses are now open in all but the highest risk sectors. COVID-Secure guidance remains in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits.
Indoor hospitality has reopened, with no need to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew. However, customers must still order, eat and drink whilst seated.
Other indoor locations now open include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.
The Government is now allowing some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number).
In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
There is no longer a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law. Instead, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions is determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.
Review of social distancing
Before Step 4 begins, the Government will complete another review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.
This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on “1 metre plus”, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home, which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.
For the latest information on the lockdown roadmap, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.