From 17 May
You are strongly discouraged from all unnecessary travel to red or amber list countries or territories, for example for leisure purposes.
A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. Find out what you should do.
From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do.
You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.
- Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
- New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
- People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
- Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
- Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
- All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
- Funeral attendance is no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
- The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
- All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
- Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
- There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
Making non-essential journeys risks lives. Please only travel if your journey is absolutely essential.
If you do travel, follow the expert advice on handwashing and other health measures.
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Stay safe, stay at home.
You may have heard that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have worse outcomes and are more susceptible to getting coronavirus. Below are some questions that are frequently asked about increased risk for people from BAME communities and some advice on how to reduce these risk factors. Q1. How can I best…
Doctors of the World has produced a new 38 second animation video with key Covid-19 information for migrants, available in 60 different languages.
Please click here to read the letter to faith leaders from the leader of Redbridge Council and click here for the guidance around reopening venues.
Do Not Rush: New Guidelines for Safely Resuming Mosque Congregational Prayers Following a consultation with hundreds of mosques and dozens of regional and national Muslim associations in the past few weeks, the MCB has produced updated guidance on the safe and gradual reopening of mosques for congregational worship, which the UK Government has so far…
From 1st May, victims of domestic abuse can access safe spaces at Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across the country, where they can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. The scheme is in response to the desperate situation facing many victims who are isolating with perpetrators during lockdown. Domestic Abuse Charity, Hestia, says…
The new NHS Test and Trace service is now live. As of Thursday 28 May, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by the service. They will ask for information about: your household members people you’ve been in direct contact with people you’ve been two metres apart from for more than 15 minutes…
At this difficult time, it’s really important that you get information about the pandemic from trusted sources. For more information on COVID-19 please do go to the following websites: NHS Website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Redbridge Council Website: www.redbridge.gov.uk/coronavirus/ Gov.UK Website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The World Health Organisation has produced guidance of details of online faith resources including streaming of worship services and details of other support. Just click here to access
Celebrating Ramadan at Home 2020 The Muslim Council of Britain has produced a very helpful leaflet detailing how Ramadan can be observed this year, please click here for part 1 and here for part 2.
Here’s a great video, illustrating a breathing exercise to aid lung capacity