The Prime Minister has paused moving to Step 4 of the Roadmap on 21 June to allow further roll-out of vaccinations over the next 4 weeks. The decision to proceed to Step 4 on 19 July will be reviewed in two weeks taking account of the latest data.
COVID-19 is spreading faster than modelled in February, with cases growing by about 64 per cent per week. The average number of people being admitted to hospital in England has increased by 50 per cent week on week, and numbers in intensive care are rising.
The additional four weeks to 19 July will provide the NHS time to double vaccinate two-thirds of the adult population. Vaccinations greatly reduce transmission of COVID-19 and two doses provide a very high degree of protection against serious illness and death.
By July 19, everyone over 50, all the vulnerable, all the frontline health and care workers and everyone over 40 who received their first dose by mid-May will have been offered two doses. People over the age of 18 will have been offered their first dose.
Most Step 3 guidelines around social distancing, face masks and working from home will remain in place. From 21 June, there will be some relaxation of rules around social settings to enable important family events to take place.
- Weddings, civil partnerships and commemorations such as wakes: The 30-person limit will be lifted with the number of attendees set by the number of people which can be hosted in a venue operating to a COVID-19 risk assessment. Organisers must make settings COVID-Secure, by facilitating social distancing, operating at a safe capacity and following other COVID-19 guidelines. Use the risk assessment guidance on gov.uk.
- Care homes: Care home residents will no longer need to isolate themselves after time away from their residence. Exceptions include overnight stays in hospital and high-risk visits as determined by the care home. The need to isolate following admission from the community will also be removed as long as Public Health England guidance and testing protocol is followed. Family or friends can be nominated to give care during periods of isolation.
- Residential visits for young people: Out-of-school organisations, such as Scouting groups and other community providers, will be allowed to organise residential visits with overnight stays in groups of up to 30 children. This is an increase from the current limit of six or two households and aligns with the current position for schools.
- Large events: Another phase of pilot events will be run to test COVID-19 certification and safety procedures, including some Euro 2020 matches, Wimbledon, and arts and music performances. Approximately 10 to 15 large events will take place after 21 June. Attendees will show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.
Current guidance on meeting and greeting friends and family remains in place. People should use their personal judgement when greeting others to continue to protect those most at risk. Continue to exercise caution; assess the risks and take action to help keep you, your loved ones and your community safe.
Book your Covid vaccination online today if any of the following apply:
- you're aged 21 or over
- you'll turn 21 before 1 July 2021
- you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you're a frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer
If you're an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment, speak to your GP surgery.
You can also take a look at further information of Covid and care.