COVID-19: Latest Updates
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From 13 June, you will now also be able to:
Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children – in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult
Attend a place of worship for individual prayer
From 15 June:
You will be able to visit more shops and additional outdoor attractions – drive-in cinemas, zoos, and safari parks
Year 10 and 12 pupils in secondary schools and further education colleges will begin to receive some face to face support.
You will have to wear a face covering on public transport
If, after lifting restrictions, the government sees a concerning rise in the infection rate, then it may have to re-impose some restrictions in as targeted a way as possible.
That is why you should stay alert and follow social distancing guidelines. You must not:
- gather outdoors in groups of more than six people with people you do not live with or, from 13 June, people that are not in your support bubble
- visit friends or family inside their home or any other indoor place, except for the limited set of circumstances set out in law or if they are in your support bubble
- stay away from your home or your support bubble household overnight – including holidays – except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and safe as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Key parts of these measures are underpinned by law, which sets out clearly what you must and must not do – every person in the country must continue to comply with this. The relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about what you should and should not do during the coronavirus outbreak on our FAQs page.
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
- 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
- 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: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also follow the latest updates from our NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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.