Latest lockdown guidance across home nations as UK alert level goes down

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Latest lockdown guidance across home nations as UK alert level goes down

Lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased in different ways and at varying speeds across the UK as the country’s alert level falls from four to three.

Here we take a look at the situation in each of the four nations.

England

On Monday non-essential shops reopened in England, with people swarming back to high streets and retail parks. Zoos and safari parks also reopened, as did places of worship for private prayer.

The hospitality sector remains closed, alongside hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons. They are working towards an earliest possible opening date of July 4.

The rules allow households to join another in a “support bubble” if an adult lives alone or with a child.

They also now permit people to be present at births, and to visit people who are seriously unwell.

People can meet outdoors in groups of up to six, as long as they stay two metres apart. Guidance for people who are shielding also says they can go outdoors for exercise.

Those considered extremely vulnerable can go outside with members of their household, while those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household.

Scotland

The country is moving into phase two of its easing of restrictions, which will see changes made over the course of the coming days and weeks.

People shielding can now go outside for exercise, and meet people from one other household. Up to three households can meet up outside, with no more than eight people gathered at a time.

People are urged to stay within a roughly five-mile radius of their home for recreational purposes, and can go inside to use the toilet when meeting in someone else’s garden.

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From Monday face coverings are mandatory on public transport, dentists can reopen, professional sport can resume and places of worship will be able to reopen for individual prayer.

The construction sector will also move to the next phase of its restart plan from Monday.

From June 29, outdoor markets, playgrounds and sports facilities will reopen, along with zoos and “garden attractions”, although visitors should not travel more than five miles from their homes and tickets should be bought in advance.

Non-essential shops can also open from June 29 if they have outdoor entrances and exits.

Restrictions on moving house will be dropped and weddings will be allowed to go ahead if they are outdoors and with “limited numbers”.

There is no date yet for reopening beer gardens and outdoor spaces at restaurants.

Wales

All non-essential shops will be able to reopen from Monday as long as they can comply with social distancing measures.

The housing market will also resume on Monday, when restrictions on some outdoor activities will be lifted.

Private prayer in places of worship with social distancing can also take place from Monday, with childcare facilities available on a phased basis to support people returning to work.

Those in the tourism and visitor sectors are being asked to plan to welcome people from July 6, when the “stay local” requirement is due to be lifted.

Hairdressers should use the next three weeks to prepare for services to resume by appointment only, with safeguards in place

Northern Ireland

Changes to restrictions were announced on Thursday, including that hair salons, barbers and nail bars can reopen on July 6.

Church services are set to resume on June 29, while guidance advising people in high-risk categories to shield will be paused at the end of July.

Childcare services will be available to all parents at the start of July and pupils in key year groups will also return to school on August 24.

Schools can also operate with a one-metre social distancing measure rather than two, allowing class sizes to return to almost normal levels.

Caravan parks, campsites and self-contained tourist accommodation will be able to reopen from June 26. A week later on July 3, hotels, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars will be able to welcome customers back.

Indoor pubs and bars opening on that date will have to primarily function as restaurants and offer substantial meals with table service. The food prerequisite does not apply to alcohol being served outside in beer gardens, though table service is again compulsory.

Museums and galleries can also reopen on July 3, but hotel leisure and spa facilities will have to remain closed.

It is recommended that people consider using face coverings in particular circumstances, such as in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible, but they are not mandatory.

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