Changes to national COVID-19 guidance from 4 July
The Government recently announced further changes to the existing COVID-19 guidance in England.
The new guidance will come into effect on Saturday 4 July and will help people to stay safe, while providing opportunities to return to life as close to normal as possible.
From this date, more non-essential shops and services will be able to re-open, including hairdressers and restaurants.
Changes will also affect how you will be able to see people inside and outside of your household.
As a result of these changes, social distancing will become more vital than ever to preventing the further spread of COVID-19.
To protect yourself and others, it is important that you continue to maintain a distance of two metres from anyone not in your household, regardless of whether you are meeting with them inside or outside.
From 4 July this minimum distance can be reduced to one metre plus, but only if it is not possible to maintain a distance of two metres.
If you have to spend time with people at a distance of less than two metres from 4 July, you should also follow other measures to mitigate the risk of transmission.
This could include wearing a face covering in busy places or on public transport, continuing to wash your hands frequently, not standing or talking face-to-face with another person from outside your household, limiting your time in shops and businesses, and using apps to order food or shopping, where possible.