Current measures were due to be relaxed on June 21 as part of the UK government’s ‘road map’ to get out of lockdown – but this has been pushed back for four weeks due to concerns about the rapid spread of the Delta variant, identified for the first time in India.
However, Downing Street plans to advance this by a fortnight, claims the Daily Mail – claiming that there is “growing evidence that the assumptions used by government scientists to justify the postponement of Freedom Day were too pessimistic ”.
He quotes an anonymous source as saying, “” The decision to delay the reopening was so finely balanced – possibly the most difficult decision in the entire pandemic – that the PM wanted a built-in point of review so that if things changed, we could act sooner.
“No one wants these restrictions in place one more day than necessary. “
However, the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses is being delayed in another part of the UK.
Measures in Wales will not be lifted for a few weeks due to an increase in cases of the Delta variant, first identified in India.
Here is an overview of the state of play in the four nations.
What’s going on in Wales?
Wales is delaying further easing of coronavirus restrictions for four weeks after seeing a spike in cases of the Delta variant of the disease, first identified in India.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce on Friday that there will be a four-week delay in easing restrictions.
Currently, groups of up to 30 people can meet outdoors, including in private gardens, while up to three households can form extended households to meet indoors.
Large organized events, such as concerts, football matches and sports activities, can hold up to 4,000 people standing and 10,000 people seated.
Live performances were already permitted in venues, but they are still subject to public health restrictions.
The regulations will be reviewed again on July 15.
In the meantime, some technical changes are being made to the regulations to make them easier to understand.
These include that the number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership reception or vigil, hosted by a business in regulated premises indoors, such as a hotel, will be determined by the size of the business. location and risk assessment.
Other changes provide that small popular music and comedy rooms will also be able to operate on the same basis as reception rooms, and elementary school students in the same school contact group or bubble will be able to spend the night in a center. outdoor residential education.
What’s going on in England?
England will remain in Stage 3 for an additional four weeks until July 19.
This means maintaining existing restrictions such as the six or two household rule for indoor gatherings as well as number limits for sporting events, pubs and cinemas.
Working from home whenever possible continues to be advised and nightclubs will remain closed.
From June 21 in England, the ceiling of 30 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions will be lifted, with the number of participants to be determined based on how many people a place can safely accommodate with measures of social distancing in place.
Venue staff, groups, photographers, and anyone else involved in the wedding should be included in the workforce, as well as guests of all ages.
However, food and drink must be ordered, served, and consumed by guests seated at a table, and dancing inside is still not permitted except for the couple’s first dance.
Residents of care homes in England will be able to leave their homes for more visits without needing to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
This includes overnight stays with family and friends from Monday.
What is the situation in Northern Ireland?
Measures including a return of live music and the removal of number limits at outdoor gatherings were due to be introduced on Monday, but they were pushed back due to concerns about the Delta variant.
A review of the situation will take place on July 1.
According to the revised plans, from July 5, indoor gatherings in homes will be allowed for up to 10 people from no more than two households.
If a single household has 10 members, the maximum is increased to 15 people from no more than two households. The figure does not include children under 12.
Residential overnight stays for youth services and uniformed organizations will also return from that date.
Live music will be allowed in licensed and unlicensed venues that sell food and drink, but only at “background or ambient level”, without dancing.
Large indoor rooms will not have to respect noise limitations.
At outdoor events, live music and dancing will be permitted, with no restriction on background or ambience levels.
Entrance to public performances will be by ticket only.
Tickets must be purchased before the show. Audiences at indoor events should be seated and should remain seated, unless using the facilities.
A social distance of at least one meter will be required for live music related activities in indoor venues and will be advised for all outdoor events.
Concert halls and seated theaters will also reopen on July 5, with tickets to be purchased in advance, seats assigned and a social distancing of one meter required.
How are things going in Scotland?
The next full review of the level of restrictions is due next week, but Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already said the move to the lowest level will “probably” be pushed back by three weeks.
She said it was “unlikely” that an area would see restrictions relaxed on June 28 – the date when it was hoped all of Scotland would move to level 0 restrictions.
This level, the lowest in the Scottish five-tier system, is currently only in place in the island authorities of Orkney, Shetland and the West Isles, with all mainland areas having Tier 1 or Tier 2 restrictions in place.
At level 0, up to eight people from four households can meet indoors, while up to 10 people from four households can meet in an indoor public place such as a cafe or restaurant.
At level 2 people can meet in houses in groups of up to six, from a maximum of three households while at level 1 it is the same, but eight people from three households can also meet. inside public spaces while outside, the limit is 12 people from 12 households.