Phase 2 key changes and dates
Phase 2 changes will be introduced as follows:
From 19 June:
- people who are shielding are able to leave their home for exercise and to meet with 1 other household outdoors (max 8 people in total) with physical distancing from 18 June. They are also able to take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, fishing
- people who are not shielding can now meet with more households outside. Limit increased from meeting 1 household to meeting 2 households; 8 person overall limit and need for physical distancing remains
- they can also use toilets indoors while visiting the outdoors of another household (Hygiene measures are essential)
- certain household types can now meet others indoors in an 'extended household'
- People should continue to stay in their local area as much as possible and should not travel more than broadly five miles for leisure or recreation
From 22 June:
- face coverings are mandatory on public transport
- places of worship can re-open for individual prayer and contemplation
- professional sport can resume – with public health restrictions remaining in place
- dental practices can re-open to see patients with urgent care needs
- construction sector can implement remaining phases of sectoral plan
- college and university staff can return to make essential preparations for restart in Phase 3
- consistent with Phase 2, accommodation allowed for those required to stay away from home for work purposes
From 29 June
- indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented
- Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities
- Excludes: indoor workplaces due to open in Phase 3 (e.g. non-essential offices and call-centres)
- street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping malls/centres remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3
- outdoor markets can re-open once guidance implemented
- relaxation on restrictions on housing moves
- outdoor sports courts can re-open
- playgrounds can re-open
- registration offices open for high priority tasks
- marriages and civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only
- zoos and garden attractions can open but should remain limited to local access only (broadly within 5 miles) in this phase
Key public services scaling-up across Phase 2
From 19 June:
- public services will continue to resume and scale-up during Phase 2, continuing those set out in Phase 1. In addition to the services set out above, resuming activity include services such as visiting support to Housing First Tenants and the resumption of area-based energy efficiency schemes
- public transport services will increase over the phase, including increased ferry services and capacity. (All phase changes apply to islands.) Public transport capacity will remain constrained due to physical distancing requirements – and active travel remains the preferred mode of travel
A wide range of health services are resuming and scaling-up during this phase, consistent with our NHS Mobilisation Plan – ncluding the following examples. See the plan for more details.
From 22 June
- continue phased resumption of any suspended or postponed GP services supported by digital consultation
- reintroducing some chronic disease management
- Phased resumption of some screening services
From 29 June
- continued GP support for shielded patients, including home visits where clinically necessary
- increasing health care provision for pent-up demand, urgent referrals and triage of routine services
- priority referrals to secondary care
Thursday 2 July review point
Next review date: 9 July 2020. There will also be an update on remaining Phase 2 actions on 2 July.
Changes to note:
In Phase 2 we have included some new measures including Extended Households: Someone who lives alone – or someone who lives only with children under 18, can agree with another household to form an 'extended household' and be treated as being part of that household. This is the form of (social) meetings between households inside their homes that is now permitted as we move into Phase 2.
We have extended the range of retail outlets that can open to remove the distinction between small and large outlets, so all shops with street access can open. The interiors of shopping malls/centres remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3
In line with relaxation of house moves on 29 June, we are clarifying that travel to a second home for essential maintenance would be possible.
We will conduct a review on 2 July based on scientific advice on potentially higher transmission risk activities and settings including re-opening outdoor hospitality spaces safely (e.g. beer gardens, on-street seating). Consideration will be given to necessary precautions, advice and wider risk mitigations.