The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home as much as possible in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

July 4 legislation changes

The government says that the fall in infections and the fact that the R rate has remained below 1 means it can reduce the social distancing guidance for England from 2m to 1m.

What you will be able to do:

  • Go to a pub, café or restaurant
  • Visit a museum, library or theme park
  • Watch a film at a cinema
  • Stay in a hotel or on campsite
  • Attend a group meeting at a place of worship
  • Visit a hairdresser or barber

This is contingent on the ability of the venue to open safely with social distancing restrictions.

What you won’t be able to do:

  • Go to the gym or attend any exercise class
  • Watch a play or live music
  • Do an activity that involves sharing or borrowing equipment (e.g. soft play areas, bowling, ice-skating)
  • Go to a swimming pool
  • Go to a beauty salon, casino, nightclub or cricket club
  • Sing at a place of worship

Relaxed restrictions on visiting friends and families:

You will be able to spend time indoors or outside with another household, either at home or at a pub or restaurant. If you are outside at a pub, you can meet up to five people from more than two households, but if you are inside you can only meet with members of two households. Social distancing will apply in all cases.

If you are already in a support bubble, that will count as one household so you can all visit another set of friends or family. You can stay overnight at someone’s home and there are no restrictions on how far you can travel to see people. The social distancing rule still applies.

Over-70s can meet others under the easing, but they have been advised to remain especially cautious.


  • You can now stay overnight at holiday homes and second homes, book hotels, caravan parks and campsites
  • You can visit one other household anywhere in England as long as you maintain social distancing
  • Trips abroad are still not allowed, but the government is in talks to allow people to travel without quarantining through “air bridges”

You can read the full guidance here:

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