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England reaches Step 4 as Covid restrictions ease

England reaches Step 4 as Covid restrictions ease

As from today, 19th July 2021, Covid restrictions in England have further eased, although caution is advised.

So, what has changed?:

Social distancing

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • No longer advised to work from home
  • 1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering)
  • Face coverings no longer required by law, although the government recommends them in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • Some shops and transport operators will still require masks


Events and gatherings

  • Nightclubs can reopen
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship



  • Guidance recommending against travel to amber list countries removed. (Those returning from France to England, Wales and Scotland must still quarantine for 10 days)
  • Under-18s and fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self-isolate after visiting amber list countries


Other changes

  • Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed
  • From 16 August, most Covid restrictions in schools – including “bubbles”- will end
  • From the same date, fully vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate after contact with a positive case


Advice for specific work sectors

The government has also provided more detailed guidance relating to specific work sectors, including schools, further education providers and construction workers.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 – Guidance – GOV.UK (


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