Everything that changes from Monday as England eases lockdown rules

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Everything that changes from Monday as England eases lockdown rules

Monday, June 15 signals the biggest single shift in the lockdown rules since Britain brought in new legislation to combat coronavirus at the end of March.

What started out as a fairly uniform UK-wide lockdown has become splintered over the last three months meaning that the new rules coming into force in England won’t apply in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The new rules on Monday will change everything from secondary schools, shopping and places of worship to some tourist attractions and how you use public transport.

There are also new rules for hospitals, reports The Mirror.

This weekend saw support bubble introduced – meaning people who live alone or single parents are allowed to form a “bubble” with one other household in England.

That means being able to visit someone else in their home and even stay overnight.

Other changes this month have seen primary schools reopening for some year groups, dentists reopening, markets and car showrooms beginning to trade again, people being allowed to meet in groups of six and 14-day quarantine rules introduced.

What changes in England from June 15

Non-essential shops reopen

Non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen for the first time for almost three months in England.

Stores will need strict social-distancing measures, much like those we’ve already seen in supermarkets and other essential stores.

Types of shop allowed to reopen include:

  • Fashion shops

  • Charity shops

  • Betting shops and arcades

  • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers

  • Auction houses

  • Antique stores

  • Retail art galleries

  • Photography studios

  • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites

  • Mobile phone stores

  • Craft fairs

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport

Everyone travelling on public transport in England will be required to wear a face-covering from June 15.

Wearing a face covering – not a surgical mask – will be part of the conditions of carriage for travelling on public transport.

That means travellers could be refused permission to board buses or trains if they refuse to comply with the order. Serious offenders could be fined, but ministers have claimed people will largely comply and this won’t be needed.

Hospital visitors and staff will need to wear face coverings and masks

All hospital visitors and outpatients in England will be required to wear face coverings – while all hospital staff will be required to wear higher-grade, type 1 or 2 surgical masks.

Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas start to re-open

Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are set to reopen in England from Monday.

Boris Johnson has said they can reopen as long as they follow social distancing rules.

That means their on-site cafes and restaurants are expected to operate as take-away only.

Only outdoor attractions are allowed to reopen, so reptile houses and indoor aquariums will remain closed.

Sites will be operating at reduced capacity, and there may be one-way systems in place.

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Places of worship reopen for private prayer

Places of worship reopen in England from June 15, but only for private prayer and not for services.

Individuals are expected to be able to “reflect and pray” while adhering to social-distancing rules – but worship groups, weddings and other services will still not be permitted.

In line with government guidance churches will be expected to be deep-cleaned regularly and should remove shared books from public areas.

School pupils in Years 10 and 12 return a quarter at a time

Secondary schools in England can reopen for Years 10 and 12 from June 15, but not all students will be allowed to return at the same time.

Only a quarter of eligible pupils will be allowed in school at any one time – meaning schools have had to instigate special timetables and classes to make the system work.

Secondary schools are not likely to fully reopen until September at the earliest.

Students who do return will be encouraged to travel separately and avoid public transport.

The teaching of vulnerable children and those of critical workers in all year groups will continue until the start of the summer holidays.

The shops that won’t be allowed to open this month

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs

  • Cafes and canteens

  • Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons

  • Piercing and tattoo parlours

  • Holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses

  • Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses

  • Libraries

  • Community centres

  • Museums and galleries

  • Nightclubs

  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls

  • Bingo halls and casinos

  • Spas and massage parlours

  • Skating rinks

  • Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres

  • Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar facilities

  • Funfairs

  • Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools

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