The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with their plan. At this stage:

  • We can meet in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • When you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • Additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites can reopen – but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
  • Other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds* and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • You can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household
  • It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. This can include weddings and funerals (which we advise should be limited to no more than 30 people), religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups. will be able to hold more than 30 people, subject to their own capacity limits, although any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with – so in a group no larger than two households or six people if outdoors.

People will be trusted to continue acting responsibly by following this and related guidance, subject to an upper legal limit on gatherings (as described above). The overwhelming majority of the British public have complied with the regulations, and the wider guidance on how to keep them and their friends and family as safe as possible. Taking this into account, we trust people to continue acting responsibly, and to follow the guidance on what they should and should not do.

*The Arden Hall park playground remains closed following the recent Covid-19 risk assessment.