End of COVID-19 legal restrictions on 19 July 2021

England moves to Step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July 2021. Find out what changes and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted at step 4. This means that when step 4 takes place:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • You should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

COVID-19 has not gone away

COVID-19 positive cases in Greenwich are rising every day. In order to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Vaccination reduces spread and is effective against the Delta variant

If you are aged 18 or over, you can get your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from many walk-in vaccination clinics in Greenwich. You do not need to book your appointment. You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

See the COVID-19 walk-in clinics near you

The government will continue to enforce the following protections: 

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high.

Please visit the government website to read the full guidance about: 

  • Businesses and venues
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • Guidance on testing and isolating
  • Guidance on using the NHS COVID-19 app

Read the latest COVID-19 guidance on GOV.uk

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