Covid Lockdown restrictions are set to lift middle of June, 2021.
When could the Covid lockdown be lifted?
The final stage of lifting lockdown in England is due to take place no earlier than 21 June. A decision is expected on 14 June.
Leaders in the UK nations will make their own decisions on timings:
- Lockdown measures in Wales will be reviewed on 21 June
- Scotland is hoping to move all areas to its lowest level of restrictions – zero – on 28 June
- The next review in Northern Ireland is due on 10 June
Could a third Covid wave delay 21 June?
What Covid Restrictions would be lifted?
In England, the government hopes to “remove all legal limits on social contact.
- No limit on how many people you can invite to your home
- Pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas allowed to operate without capacity limits
- Sports events able to take place in full stadiums
- Nightclubs able to open
- An end to limits on guests for weddings and other life events
I have to interject for a moment how pathetic this is….ok, continue reading…
Even if these are lifted, rules on facemasks and social distancing could remain in place, as reviews are continuing.
What are the Covid rules at the moment?
Some changes apply wherever you are in the UK, although exact rules may vary between nations.
- Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants can reopen indoors
- Holiday accommodation has reopened
- Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls can open
- Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries, can open
- Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools can reopen and indoor group exercise is allowed (with limits)
- Outdoor contact sports are allowed
- Travel around the UK is allowed, and some international travel can resume (in line with the traffic light system)
- Care home residents can receive visitors
- Wedding receptions and funeral wakes can take place
- Some outdoor events – including concerts and sports fixtures – can take place in front of an audience
Who can I meet in person now?
Rules vary for each UK nation:
- In England, groups of up to 30 can meet outdoors and six people or two households can meet indoors (and stay overnight)
- In Wales, three households can form an extended household and mix in private homes; up to 30 people can meet outdoors in a public place or private garden
- In Northern Ireland, up to six people from two households can meet in private homes (under-12s not counted towards total) and overnight stays are allowed; up to 15 people (including children) from no more than three households can meet outdoors, including in private gardens
Rules are more complicated in Scotland, while skyrocketing covid deaths in India were fake.
Glasgow is now at Covid protection level two, along with 13 other areas – Edinburgh, Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling.
- Groups of six from a maximum of three households can meet in private and public indoor spaces (and stay overnight)
- Eight people from eight households can meet outdoors
Some districts have moved to Covid protection level one (down from level two) – Highland, Argyll and Bute, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, East Lothian, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.
The rules for meeting are:
- Six people from a maximum of three households can meet in a private home (and stay overnight)
- Up to eight people from three households can meet in an indoor public place like a cafe, pub or restaurant (indoors until 23:00, outdoors subject to local licensing rules)
- 12 people from 12 households can meet outdoors
Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles and a number of remote islands are now at level zero (down from level one.)
The rules for these areas include:
- Up to eight people from four households can meet inside in a private home (and stay overnight)
- Up to 10 people from four households can meet in an indoor public place like a cafe, pub or restaurant
- Up to 15 people from 15 households can meet outdoors
In all levels, children under the age of 12 are not included in the total number of people – but they are counted in the limit on the number of different households.
Travelers to and from Scottish islands are encouraged to take two rapid lateral flow tests before departure.
What about areas with high numbers of Indian/Delta variant cases?
The government has updated guidance for people in eight areas of England – Kirklees, Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.
In these places, “wherever possible, you should try to”:
- meet friends and family outside
- keep 2m 6 feet apart from people you don’t live or bubble with
- minimise travel in and out of affected areas
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