England’s long-awaited exit from lockdown has been delayed, with Boris Johnson warning that an increase in Delta variant cases could lead to an increase in hospital admissions.
This is the new timetable for reaching Stage 4 of the government’s roadmap.
Stage 4 – July 19th
The prime minister had hoped to lift the remaining social distancing rules on June 21.
However, at a press conference on Monday, he confirmed that this date had been postponed to July 19.
There will be a checkpoint on June 28th where the government will review the infection data. If it still looks bad, the current Covid rules will be kept until July 19th.
The confirmation or other confirmation of the activation from July 19 will take place on July 12.
The previous three stages of unlocking were as follows.
Phase 1 – March 8th
Two people were allowed to meet for coffee or a picnic and were allowed to meet outdoors from another household.
All schools and colleges returned.
Visits to indoor nursing homes were resumed, with residents allowed a regular named visitor.
The government’s stay at home order remained in place.
The rule of six for social gatherings returned. It enabled six people from up to two households to meet outside or in private gardens.
The advice on staying at home has been replaced with a new guide on “staying where possible”.
However, people were asked to work from home whenever possible and the overseas travel ban remained in place.
People were allowed to travel to meet someone, but not stay overnight.
Outdoor facilities such as tennis, golf and basketball courts reopened.
Stage 2 – April 12th
Non-essential retail and personal care businesses like hairdressers and nail salons reopened.
Pubs and restaurants reopened, but only for outdoor dining, although table service was mandatory.
Public buildings, including libraries, have reopened.
With the reopening of gyms and swimming pools, people were allowed to start exercising indoors.
Driving lessons resumed. Weddings and funerals resumed with guests of up to 30 people, and wakes could include 15 people.
People were allowed to spend the night in locked holiday apartments or campsites where facilities are not shared, but only with members of their own household.
Phase 3 – May 17th
Pubs and restaurants could begin to host people indoors.
Outdoor gatherings were allowed for up to 30 people.
The rule of six / group of two households has also been extended to indoor spaces.
Overnight stays were allowed.
The international travel ban was lifted and replaced by a traffic light system with different green, yellow or red rated destinations.
Hotels and museums could reopen.
There were also new rules for entertainment venues such as cinemas and theaters as well as indoor sports facilities.
Indoor locations could hold 1,000 people or be half full, whichever number was lower. Outside, a maximum capacity of 4,000 or half full, whichever was lower, was allowed.
At larger football stadiums like Wembley Stadium, the audience could be up to 10,000 or the venue could be a quarter full.
Indoor training in larger groups was allowed so that, for example, exercise classes could be resumed.