Summary of recent and upcoming changes to Coronavirus Rules in England from 19th July 2021

England moves to Step 4 of the roadmap on 19th July 2021. Everyone should be cautious whilst managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. 

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted at step 4. This means that when step 4 takes place:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

Also, From 19 July fully vaccinated people returning to England from amber list countries will not need to quarantine.

In England from 16 August:

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.

You can read full details of the latest UK Government advice and rules relating to Coronavirus at: