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Government Advice

FROM 6th JULY, IN ENGLAND (for a comparison with Welsh guidelines see the end of this page)

  • It will be against the law to gather in groups of more than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances.
  • You should avoid using public transport if you can. You should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible.
  • Face covering - you must wear a face covering on public transport or if visiting a hospital for any reason (whether visiting or as a patient). 
  • You should avoid sharing a private vehicle with anyone outside of your household.
  • Businesses - Restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, campsites, libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open. For the full list of which businesses can open and which must remain closed see the government website.
  • It remains the case that anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (persistent cough, fever or sudden loss of taste or sense of smell) must immediately self-isolate for 7 days and ask for a test - either online or by calling 119. See the Test and Trace page for full details.

​​You may:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children. Bubbles now count as a household for the purposes of other rules. However bubbles are exclusive - you cannot be in more then one bubble and you may not change who you're in a bubble with.

  • meet in groups of up to two households in any location, public or private, indoors or outdoors. But you should continue to socially distance from anyone not in your household (or 'bubble') whether you are inside or out.

  • meet in groups of up to six people from different households providing you observe social distancing.

  • stay overnight away from your home with your own household, or with members of one other household

  • ​play sport at outdoor sports facilities (e.g. tennis, basketball, golf) and including fishing, while adhering to social distancing rules if you're with members of another household.

  • visit any type of shop or business that's open providing you observe social distancing rules.

  • Travel to beaches, beauty spots etc; go swimming in lakes or the sea (but not swimming pools).

Whatever you are doing you should try to stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household.

Those who are clinically vulnerable - although the relaxation of the rules does apply to the over 70's, the advice continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

Those who are Extremely Vulnerable and have been "Shielding" may, if they wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing. This group may may also, if they wish, form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance. All the other current shielding advice will remain unchanged until the end of July.

All of this information, plus advice on many other aspects of the current crisis, can be found on the government website


Key differences between England and Wales

Rule England Wales

How many people?

6 from different households. No limit if from 2 households

Any number from 2 households

At what distance?

1m 'plus'

2m apart


2 households

2 households can form one 'extended household' (similar to a support bubble in England)





No limit

No limit

Pubs, restaurants & cafes

Open with distancing

Closed until 13th July

For full details of the guidance in Wales go to their website.