Lockdown rule changes from Monday June 21 explained – what you can and can’t do

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday, June 14, that the planned easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday, June 21 will not go ahead.

Instead, England's restrictions will be extended by four weeks until July 19.

The PM said that if June 21 went ahead as planned, "there is a real possibility that the virus will outrun the vaccines and thousands more deaths would ensue that could otherwise have been avoided."

He added: "It's unmistakably clear the vaccines are working and the sheer scale of the vaccine roll-out has made our position incomparably better than in previous waves.

"But now is the time to ease off the accelerator, because by being cautious now we have the chance in the next four weeks to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people."

This means England will remain at step three of the roadmap out of lockdown, and rules will remain in place.

Essentially, most of the rules will remain the same – but there are some changes to weddings and funerals.

Here is everything you can and can't do from Monday, June 21.

What are the rules from Monday, June 21?

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The rules around social contact remain in place.

You can choose whether or not to social distance when seeing friends and family – but you should remain cautious.

Outside gatherings of more than 30 people will still be illegal.

Indoors, the rule of six or two households of any size will remain in place.

Indoor hospitality and entertainment venues will remain opened – including pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys and museums.

However, night clubs will have to remain closed. Also shut are "dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars."

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In addition, most events will continue to operate at 50% capacity or less – including sports fixtures and concerts.

There are a couple of new rules that come in on June 21.

For example, the 30 person limit at weddings will be scrapped, meaning in theory couples would be able to have hundreds of guests.

However, the rules on singing and dancing will remain, and the guest limit will be set by the venue based on social distancing requirements.

It will still be table service only, and people must sit on tables of up to six people.

Funeral wakes will also no longer be limited to 30 people.

Instead, capacity will be driven by the maximum number of people a venue can accommodate with coronavirus restrictions in place.

This brings the rules for a wake in line with those of a funeral.

In addition, care home residents will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days after visits out, including overnight stays.

However, they will still have to isolate following higher risk outings, such as a hospital visit.

The message remains that people should continue to work at home if they can.

But there is no plans to reintroduce masses in schools – however you'll still need to wear them on public transport, in supermarkets, etc.

Those who fail to wear a mask without a valid exemption can get fined £200.

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