Changes to national COVID-19 guidance from 4 July

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.

Find out more about the changes to the national COVID-19 guidance from 4 July. Until this date, please ensure you follow the existing guidance

Last updated 29 June 2020