COVID-19: Latest Updates

Update: 29th May

You can watch the latest announcement by Boris Johnson here:


From 1 June:


  • People can gather in groups of up to six people in public or private outdoor spaces, as long as social distancing is practised


  • Reception, year one, year six and nursery age children are allowed to go back to school 


  • People can visit outdoor retail spaces – such as outdoor markets – and car showrooms where social distancing can be observed


People could already:


  • Travel to work if you cannot work from home, while avoiding public transport if possible. People using buses or trains are advised to wear a face covering


  • Spend time outdoors – picnicking or sunbathing, for example


  • Travel to an outdoor open space irrespective of distance, but not with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing – for example by cycling


  • Take day trips to an outdoor open space in a private vehicle


  • Meet one other person from a different household outdoors, while following social distancing guidelines


  • Exercise outdoors as often as you would like – again keeping at least two metres apart


  • Use a tennis or a basketball court, or a golf course with members of your household, or one other person


  • Go to a garden centre


  • Students can return home if it is a permanent move


  • Go to property viewings in person and visit agents for both sales and rentals


  • Nannies and childminders can come to your house to look after your children, provided good public health measures are adhered to


People enjoy the sun in London Fields park
Image:Advice on the two-metre rule when out and about remains the same

You still cannot do the following:


  • Visit friends and family inside their homes or stay overnight


  • Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool


  • Use an outdoor gym or playground


  • Visit a private or ticketed attraction


  • Leave your home to stay at another home


  • Share a private vehicle with someone from another household


  • Leave your home to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose – including visiting second homes


  • Invite anyone other than close family or friends, and someone from the deceased’s household, to a funeral



  • Fines for breaking lockdown rules increased from £60 to £100. Repeat offenders will see the fine double for each subsequent breach to a maximum of £3,200


Reception, Year One and Year Six will be the first to go back to school, hopefully by 1 June
Image:Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be the first to go back to school

Later in June


  • Secondary pupils with exams next year will hopefully get some time with teachers before the summer, the PM said


  • More non-essential retail could open their doors, including fashion and tech shops




  • Restaurants and hotels: July is the earliest point at which “some of the hospitality industry and other public places” could reopen, the PM said, but only if “they are safe and enforce social distancing”


  • Hairdressers: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that salons and barbers will not reopen until 4 July “at the very earliest”




Please stay updated on the situation and keep updated here:


You can also follow the latest updates from our NHS:



Latest on the spread of coronavirus:

As of 9am on 26 May, there have been 3,681,295 tests, with 109,979 tests on 25 May.

265,227 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 25 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 37,048 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 29,965.

Urgent advice:


Click here to use the 111 coronavirus service if:

You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

Your condition gets worse

Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only contact 111 if you cannot have no access to the online service

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)


Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze

Put used tissues immediately in the bin and wash your hands afterwards

Work from home whenever and wherever possible

Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services



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

Have visitors to your home, including friends and family


The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus.

You’ll be given specific advice about what to do. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

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