Changes in restrictions from 24th July


What is changing and what can I do that I couldn’t do before?

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with our plan.

In recent weeks, a wide range of sectors and activities have been able to restart, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, and we have eased the restrictions on social contact – enabling people to meet in groups of two households in any location (or, as previous, in a group of any six people outdoors).

The Prime Minister updated on progress on 17 July, setting out the next stages of our roadmap. This includes the following steps.

From 24 July:

In order to help contain the spread of the virus as we open up more premises, face coverings are now required in shops and supermarkets – in addition to public transport where they were already required. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet.
From 25 July:

Sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, can open

From 1 August, subject to rates of transmission closer to the time:

Employers will have more discretion, in consultation with their employees, on how to ensure people can work safely – working from home is one way to do this, but workplaces can also be made safe by following COVID-19 Secure guidelines

The clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer need to follow advice on shielding, though should still take particular care to follow the social distancing guidelines when meeting people

Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos can open.

Conference and exhibition centres will be able to reopen in order to enable pilots for business events to take place – they should not yet be open fully to host events more widely.

Indoor performances to a live audience can begin to take place, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines and subject to the success of pilots that are taking place as soon as possible.

Further pilots of larger events can take place in venues, including in sports stadia and business conferences.


Small wedding receptions – sit-down meals for no more than 30 people – can take place, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance.

All remaining close contact services – such as facial treatment and make up application – can restart, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines.