Virus remains suppressed to very low levels and is no longer considered a significant threat to public health.
Virus is no longer considered a significant threat to public health.
Protections advised in each phase
Physical distancing requirements to be updated on scientific advice
Frequent handwashing and hygiene measures for all
Cough etiquette is maintained.
Face coverings may be advised in enclosed public spaces, including public transport
As with previous phase but with the following changes:
Seeing family and friends
Further relaxation on restrictions on gatherings
Continued importance of hygiene and public health emphasised
Public transport operating full service.
Physical distancing may remain in place.
Schools, childcare and other educational settings
Schools and childcare provision, operating with any necessary precautions
College and university campuses open - including key student services with any necessary precautions
Working or running a business
Remote and flexible working remains encouraged
All workplaces open with improved hygiene and in line with public health advice
Shopping, eating and drinking out
All open with improved public health advice
Shop local still encouraged
Sport, culture and leisure activities
Further relaxation of restrictions on live events in line with public health advice
Community and public services
Public services operating fully, in line with public health advice, with modifications and changes to service design, including increasing use of digital services where appropriate
Gatherings and occasions
Mass gatherings resume in line with public health advice
All ceremonies can take place, with improved hygiene and other precautions
Health and Social Care
Full range of health and social care services provided and greater use of technology to provide improved services to citizens
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.