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Summary of what you must do and what is open from 17 July.

First published:
16 July 2021
Last updated:

What you must do

You must:

  • wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places
  • only form an extended household with no more than 2 other households and they should stay the same
  • not meet with anyone other than your extended household or a maximum of five other people from different households indoors in your home
  • not meet with more than five other people in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless you are meeting with only people you live)

You should:

  • observe social distancing with people you do not live with or who are not in your exclusive extended household
  • work from home if you can
  • minimise travel to areas of high prevalence
  • avoid international travel

What can open and take place

  • schools, colleges and childcare providers
  • higher education institutions
  • licensed premises
  • non-essential retail
  • close contact services
  • hospitality
  • holiday accommodation
  • entertainment venues
  • indoor visitor attractions
  • outdoor visitor attractions
  • leisure and fitness facilities
  • venues for events and conferences
  • theatres and concert halls
  • places of worship
  • community centres
  • crematoriums
  • libraries and archive services
  • sport courts, golf courses
  • playgrounds and public parks
  • indoor regulated gatherings (previously known as Organised indoor activities) for up to 200 people free standing and 1,000 people seated
  • outdoor organised activities and larger events (known as regulated gatherings in regulations)
  • international travel
  • weddings civil partnerships and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue)
  • wedding, civil partnership reception and Wake
  • residential educational activities for primary school children and for groups of up to 30 children, such as for out of school clubs, such as the Brownies and Scouts
  • ice skating rinks

What must remain closed

  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues