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Freedom Day: GB News hosts outline new rules
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After months upon months of some form of coronavirus restrictions, the so-called Freedom Day for England is here, with the last remaining lockdown limits eased. Wales relaxed some rules on 17 July, while Northern Ireland is set to ease rules on 26 July. All of Scotland is now in Covid protection level 0.
What has now changed in England?
- No limits on how many people can meet
- 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 still “expects and 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
- Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed.
- From August 16, 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.
What guidance remains in place in England?
- People should continue to meet others outside where possible.
- Businesses such as nightclubs – and large events – will be encouraged to use the NHS Covid Pass to check people are fully vaccinated. However, they won’t legally have to do so.
- People working from home will be encouraged to return to the workplace gradually.
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