Earlier this week (Monday 14 June), Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined how the increase in the spread of the Delta variant has meant the roadmap has slowed.
“We will monitor the position every day and if after two weeks, we have concluded the risk has diminished then we reserve the possibility of proceeding to step four and full opening sooner,” he said.
While there have been concerns raised the delayed ‘freedom day’ will be postponed further, Johnson said he was “confident” the lifting of restrictions will not go beyond four weeks.
For pubs, operators are still permitted to trade indoors (serving customers in groups of six people or two households of any size) and outdoors (able to serve in groups of up to 30).
In summary, table service must still be in place, alongside Test and Trace, social distancing and face coverings for staff and customers indoors.
However, it had been hoped nightclubs could reopen from Monday 21 June, but this is now not permitted.
The main change from next Monday (21 June) is the rules around weddings and the capacity at this celebration.
While there will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law, the number will be determined by how many people the venue or space can accommodate with social distancing in place. Guests still must be seated at tables of six.
It will be based on the Covid-19 risk assessment and the measures in place to limit the spread of the virus.
A marquee or other structure in a private garden must have at least half (50%) of its walled area open for it to be classed as outdoors.
If a wedding is having more than 30 guests, a risk assessment must be completed to determine how many people will be able to attend.
Measures include step three requirements on table service, face coverings, social distancing and restrictions on dancing and singing are all still in place.