More freedom from corona restrictions to be available from this week


LONDON: There will be greater freedom on public transport when lockdown rules are further eased on Saturday. Buses, trains, trams and ferries in England will no longer be for essential journeys only from 1 August. But people will still be encouraged to use other means of transport wherever they can.

New rules from 1 August

  • Public transport no longer for essential journeys only
  • People will be able to use buses, trains, trams and ferries for non-essential journeys but a face covering will still be required.
  • Work-from-home advice relaxed. The government’s work from home advice will be relaxed and companies will be able to decide if employees go back to the office.
  • Wedding receptions allowed. Wedding receptions and sit-down meals for no more than 30 people will be allowed, subject to Covid-19 secure guidelines.
  • Shielding of extremely vulnerable people paused

The government will pause shielding unless the transmission of Covid-19 in the community starts to rise significantly. Remaining leisure settings allowed to reopen.

Most remaining leisure settings, such as bowling, skating rinks and casinos, will be able to reopen accompanied by Covid-19 Secure guidelines. This will not include particularly high-risk activities and settings such as nightclubs, which will be kept under review.

Indoor performances and close contact treatments allowed to restart

Indoor performances to a live audience can be restarted, in line with Covid-19 Secure guidelines, subject to the success of pilots that are taking place

All close contact services will be able to resume, including treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application.

Pilot events at sports stadiums and conference centres to take place

Pilots will be organised in a range of venues, particularly where people congregate from different places, such as sports stadiums and business events.