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.
Face coverings are mandatory on 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. (We aim to resume normal schooling as soon as it is safe to do so.)
All childcare providers re-open 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
Non-essential shops located inside shopping centres and malls can re-open in Phase 3 (subject to review of safe re-opening with a review point on July 2).
Pubs and restaurants can open 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 and scaling-up of public services and 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 re-opens with social distancing safeguards.
Some communal living experience can be restarted 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.
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