Social distancing rules during coronavirus in England
This information is based on advice on the GOV.UK website about the changes to the rules on 4 July.
We will update this page if necessary once the new law has been published.
Gatherings of more than 30 people are banned.
There are exceptions for specific events, and for things like schools and workplaces.
You can stay overnight with members of one other household.
This includes staying at someone’s home, or in a hotel, campsite or other accommodation.
All shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are allowed to open in England, except where there are local lockdowns.
Businesses including hairdressers, hotels, cinemas, theme parks and museums are also allowed to open.
Some businesses including nightclubs, beauty salons, nail bars, swimming pools and indoor gyms must remain closed.
Face coverings on public transport
People over the age of 10 must wear a face covering on public transport.
- physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which prevents you wearing a face covering
- taking medicine, eating and drinking when necessary
- lip reading
- travelling to escape harm
- if you are asked to remove your face covering by someone in authority
Single adult households ('support bubbles')
If you are the only adult living in your household (if you live alone or are a single parent with children under 18) you can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.
Everyone in a support bubble can act as if they live in the same household, including spending time indoors and staying overnight.
- All the adults in both households must agree to form a bubble.
- You cannot change which household you are in a bubble with.
- Each household can only form one support bubble.
- For example, a household of 3 people cannot form a bubble with 3 different single-adult households.
Reporting a social distancing violation
Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us about large gatherings of people obviously from different households.
This downloadable guide will be updated soon to reflect the latest rules.