Covid-19 update: guidance and restrictions in Step 4


Monday 19 July marked the end of most legal restrictions for Covid-19 in England as we entered Step 4, but there is still guidance to help all of us act responsibly and make sensible choices. Let’s do what we can to keep Covid in check.

Key guidance and restrictions

You are still encouraged to:

wash your hands regularly
wear a face covering in enclosed or crowded space
keep your distance where you can
self-test twice a week
reduce the number of people you meet and for how long you meet them
You don’t legally have to socially distance and there are no legal limits on how many people you can meet indoors or outdoors.

You no longer have to work from home.

There are no limits on attendance or social distancing at large events or life events. Read more about changes to marriages and ceremonies and faith, worship and religious ceremonies on our website.

There are currently no restrictions on nightclubs or other venues where large crowds gather. By the end of September, everyone aged 18 and over will have had the chance to receive full vaccination and the additional two weeks for protection to take hold. At this time, the government plans to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.

You must self-isolate if you travel from a red list country. You must self-isolate if you travel from an amber list country and you are not double vaccinated. France is on the amber list but you must self-isolate if you travel from France, even if you are double vaccinated.

You must socially distance at ports of entry between disembarkation and border control.

You must self-isolate for 10 days if you test positive or if you are identified as a contact of a positive case. Anyone who is self-isolating must not go to a workplace.

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