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From Monday 19th July 2021, almost all legal restrictions relating to Coronavirus have ended in England. This means:
- There are no limits on the number of people who can gather, either indoors or outdoors, and capacity limits on businesses will be removed
- There is no legal requirement to socially distance
- There is no legal requirement to wear a face covering, although some businesses and organisations may require you to wear one as a condition of entry
- All businesses can reopen and all events can restart
Full details of what is allowed can be found here:
The rules on what is allowed and what is prohibited may change, so please consult the government website for the latest advice.
However, the government is still urging people to act with caution, and follow certain guidance. This guidance includes:
- Wearing a face covering in public transport and other crowded areas
- Being outside or increasing ventilation of fresh air where possible
- Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- Encouraging businesses to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings
While the UK’s successful vaccination campaign has broken the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths, prevalence of COVID-19 still remains high. Therefore, I do urge everyone to act responsibly and to follow the guidance.
Some legal restrictions remain in place in order to protect the public. You must self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus, if you test positive, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Self-isolating if you or a member of your household has symptoms:
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell) you should self-isolate for ten days. Other members of your household should also self-isolate for ten days, unless they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18. You can find full details on the government’s website:
If you are struggling with getting basic necessities because you are self-isolating or shielding, you can contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s helpline:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 01482 393919
Quarantine when entering the UK
Some restrictions on international travel continue to be in place. When entering England from abroad, you will need to take at least one Covid test and perhaps observe a period of self-isolation. The rules depend on both your vaccination status and the countries you have been to, so for the latest exact rules, please consult the government website:
Now that legal restrictions have ended, I encourage everyone to reflect that what is permitted is not always wise, and to continue to exercise caution in the weeks and months ahead.