New guidance has been provided on social distancing ahead of the relaxations announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.
There are now 2 separate sets of guidance on social distancing ‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing)’ – one applies until the 4th July and the second applies from 4th July, following the announcements yesterday in relation to further easing of lockdown and social distancing requirements.
To summarise the changes, from 4 July:
From 4 July, 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 Government considers that an overwhelming majority of the British public have complied with the regulations, and the wider guidance on how to keep themselves and their friends and family as safe as possible. Taking this into account, the Government trusts people to continue acting responsibly, and to follow the guidance on what they should and should not do.
It is stressed that while the changes will reopen much of society and the economy, it is essential that everyone in the country goes about their lives in a manner which reduces the risk of transmission, whether they are at work, leisure, or using public services. When you leaving your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home. You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble - even inside other people’s homes.
You should wash your hands regularly. This will help to protect you and anyone you come into contact with and is critical to keeping everyone safe.
You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about what you should and should not do during the coronavirus outbreak on the Gov.uk FAQs page.