The six things you still cannot do in July as lockdown eases

Following weeks of lockdown, huge changes this weekend will see the easing of a number of strict government rules and guidelines.

On Saturday, July 4, pubs, restaurants, salons and cinemas will be able to trade again after being forced to close back in March.

And although some of the changes mean people will be able to see more of their friends and family, some restrictions still remain in place.

Boris Johnson announced the changes last month as the UK emerges from lockdown into a ‘new normal’.

Despite the changes, the government has warned that if cases of coronavirus rise again it will enforce ‘local lockdowns’ – should any town or city see a spike in cases.

Leicester has already been put into ‘local lockdown’ after 10 per cent of new COVID-19 cases came from Leicester over the past week.

Since mid-March the country has been kept at a standstill, with schools, workplaces and non-essential shops closed, with many people working from home.

Here are the six things still prohibited in July:

1. Gathering indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub.

2. Gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households.

3. Interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship.

4. Hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

5. Stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household).

6. You must also stay away from businesses not allowed to open yet.

Nightclubs have to stay shut, as well as bowling alleys, casinos, indoor skating rinks, nail salons, beauty parlours, tanning salons, massage parlours, tattoo studios, piercing studios, indoor play areas – including soft-play – and spas.

Other businesses to stay shut are indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities, swimming pools and water parks and exhibition or conference centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

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