Virus has been suppressed. Continued focus on containing sporadic outbreaks.
R is consistently low and there is a further sustained decline in infectious cases.
WHO six criteria for easing restrictions must continue to be met
Any signs of resurgence are closely monitored as part of enhanced community surveillance.
Protections advised in each phase
Physical distancing requirements in place
Frequent handwashing and hygiene measures for all
Cough etiquette is maintained.
Face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport
As with previous phase but with the following changes:
Seeing family and friends
Able to meet with people from more than one household indoors with physical distancing and hygiene measures
Can drive beyond local area for leisure and exercise purposes
Public transport operating full services but capacity still significantly limited to allow for physical distancing. Travel at peak times discouraged as far as possible.
May be geographical differences depending on circumstances.
Schools, childcare and other educational settings
Children return to school under a blended model of part-time in-school teaching and part-time in-home learning. Public health measures (including physical distancing) in place.
Subject to the progress of the scientific evidence, schools are expected to open on this basis on 11 August.
All childcare providers reopen subject to public health measures, with available capacity prioritised to support key worker childcare, early learning and childcare (ELC) entitlement and children in need
Universities and colleges phased return with blended model of remote learning and limited on campus learning where a priority. Public health measures (including physical distancing) in place
Working or running a business
Remote working remains the default position for those who can
Non-essential indoor office workplaces can open, once relevant guidance agreed, including contact centres with physical distancing.
Shopping, eating and drinking out
Larger retail reopen with physical distancing
Pubs and restaurants can open in indoor spaces with physical distancing and increased hygiene routines
Personal retail services including hairdressers open (with physical distancing and hygiene measures)
Sport, culture and leisure activities
Museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas open, subject to physical distancing and hygiene measures
Gyms open subject to physical distancing and hygiene measures
Relaxation of restrictions on accommodation providers
Live events permitted with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions
Community and public services
Further resumption of justice system processes and services
Gatherings and occasions
People can meet in extended groups subject to physical distancing.
Places of worship open to extended groups subject to physical distancing and hygiene safeguards
Relaxation of restrictions to attendance at funerals, marriages and civil partnerships.
Health and Social Care
Emergency and planned care services delivered
Expansion of screening services
Adult flu vaccinations including in care homes and care at home
All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Urgent care centres to provide aerosol generating procedures
All community optometry reopens with social distancing safeguards
Some communal living experience can be re-started when it is clinically safe to do so.
Notes: Above examples are illustrations, and are not intended to be comprehensive. Each phase description should be viewed as a general description rather than precise definitions of permitted activities.
All decisions on phasing will be kept under review as the research evidence base on the impact of the virus and the effectiveness of different interventions builds.