Yesterday (15 June), the Prime Minister announced that there will be a four-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown. This means that Step 3 restrictions remain in place, as they have done since 17 May, and you should continue to follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced. The move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
As Step 3 guidance remains, you can continue to socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.
However, some restrictions changed yesterday. From 21 June, there were changes to the rules on:
weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
large events pilots
care home visits
domestic residential visits for children
You can read these changes and the latest guidance here.
From today (15 June), if you're aged 23 or over, or if you turn 23 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine. You can book your COVID-19 vaccination through the National Booking Service online or by calling NHS 119. You shouldn’t wait to be contacted by your GP practice.
Second doses for all over-40s will also be accelerated, reducing the interval between doses from 12 weeks to eight weeks.
Appointment slots for first and second doses are available at all vaccination sites. If you can't find a local slot straight away, keep trying as more appointments are added regularly.
The Government’s aim is that all adults aged over 18 will have been offered their first dose, and around two thirds of all adults will have had both vaccine doses by 19 July.
About one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting tested regularly can help protect the ones you love, so it’s important to continue testing even if you’ve had the coronavirus vaccine.
Find out all the different ways you can access regular testing here.
If you experience any of the below symptoms of COVID-19, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
You can book a free PCR test here to confirm if you have COVID-19. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.
Check the latest guidance if travelling abroad
Before travelling abroad, make sure you are aware of the latest government travel guidance, as this can change regularly. You can check which countries are rated as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow here.