The covid virus picture

As of today, England has moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap out of COVID-19 legal restrictions.

Extra support deployed in areas receiving an enhanced response to COVID-19, support is currently available to the following local authorities:

  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Blackpool Council
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)
  • Lancashire County Council (Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre)
  • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Halton, Knowsley Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral)
  • Oxford City Council
  • Warrington Borough Council

For the full guidance, and additional local area’s COVID-19 information and advice, to understand what it means for you if you fall into one of the above areas, see here

Coronavirus in Scotland

Scotland uses a level system and is in Level 0. Find out what you can do at Level 0.

You should:

  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places and stay 1m away from other people
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • get the vaccine when you are offered it
  • self-isolate and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • download the Protect Scotland app

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Coronavirus in Wales


From Saturday 17 July

Complete the move to alert level 1:

  • up to 6 people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
  • organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures
  • ice rinks can re-open
  • remove the legal restrictions on the number of people who can gather outdoors
  • allow up to 30 children from organisations, such as the Brownies and Scouts, to attend residential centres over the summer holidays

Guidance and services

From Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow)

Complete the move to alert level 0:

  • remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • all businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs
  • people should still work from home wherever possible
  • face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.

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Coronavirus in Northern Ireland

The current regulations are available on the Department of Health website:

Some of the restrictions are law through regulation, while others are guidance. 

Everyone is legally required to comply with the regulations.

If you fail to comply with the regulations without reasonable excuse, you are committing an offence. For some offences you may be given a fixed penalty or a fine on summary prosecution.

This page is an overview of what you can and cannot do. It is not a definitive statement of the law and should not be relied upon as such.

A guide to what you can do

The restrictions apply to everyone in Northern Ireland. A summary guide is available at:

Indicative date

An indicative date of 26 July has been set to allow up to 10 people from no more than three households to meet in a private dwelling and stay overnight. Children aged 12 and under are not counted in the total.

If a single household has 10 members, the maximum is increased to 15 from no more than three households.

The indicative date of 26 July is subject to review on 22 July.