Monday 14th June, 2021:
As widely predicted, the 'final' relaxation of regulations / restrictions surrounding Coronavirus, due at the earliest for 21st June, has now been delayed ... tentatively until 19th July. The government will review though before that date.
One change that will take place on Monday 21st June though is that the 'cap' on numbers attending a wedding ( or similar ) is removed. However, guests etc., will need to observe general 'social distancing' restrictions - such as no singing in a church, no dancing ( apart from the 'first dance' by the married couple ), masks must be worn when guests are moving about ( but can remove them when sitting down ) & general restrictions that might be obverved in, for example, a restaurant. For full detail, see the gov.uk web site.
Monday 10th May, 2021:
The UK government ( though changes only apply to England ) announced that from Monday 17th May, the 'Stage 3' relaxation in Coronavirus restrictions are confirmed. They are ... among others ...
* People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
* Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed.
[ Social distancing with close family and friends will be a matter of
personal judgement. But people are asked to remain cautious around close
contact, like hugging. ]
* Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other "life" events ( but this restriction ends on 21st June ).
* Number of people who can attend a funeral no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue.
* Up to 30 allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives).
* Care home residents allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home.
* Social distancing (and associated restrictions - e.g., mask wearing, screens, sanitising) will remain in place in social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.
* Pubs/bars & restaurants able to open indoors - but seated service only - and other Covid-secure restrictions to be observed ( including Track & Trace ).
* Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's (indoor) play areas can open.
* Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadia can all reopen - but with attendance limits relative to the size of the venue.
* Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors.
* Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
* Face coverings no longer recommended in secondary schools for pupils.
* All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching.
* Other relaxation surrounding internationsal travel etc: see gov.uk for full listing.
[ Stage four relaxations - to be confirmed ... now delayed until ( perhaps ) 19 July:
It's hoped all legal limits on social contact will be removed.
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen. ]
Tuesday 4th May, 2021:
The UK government ( but applies to England only ) have announced that from the 4th May care home residents will be able to leave their home for low-risk trips without having to self-isolate for 14 days afterwards. This allows for walks and garden visits with the isolation requirement which has been in force since last spring.
Friday 9th April, 2021:
From 9th April, 'Rapid Flow Tests' are available to anyone (in England) who wishes to take part - without obvious symptoms(*). To find out more details, follow the " Get tested for coronavirus " panel near the top of the appropriate page on the NHS web site.
(* if you DO have symptoms then a different procedure applies - follow the link given).