Changes to lockdown measures in England

The Prime Minister has set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.

Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Commenting, James said:

“I welcome these sensible and evidence-based changes to lockdown measures to get Britain back to normal as announced by the Prime Minister. This brings a new but cautious sense of optimism allowing life to return to our shops, streets and homes.”

“Whilst the infection rate continues to fall, I would like to remind constituents to keep washing their hands, stay 2 metres apart wherever feasible, and mitigate the risks at 1 metre where not, avoid public transport when possible, and wear a mask when not, get tested immediately if they have symptoms, and self-isolate if instructed by NHS Test and Trace.”