Most Covid guidance and legal restrictions will be lifted in England on 19 July, the government has confirmed.

What will change in England on 19 July?

Social distancing

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus rule removed (except in some places like hospitals, or before passport control when entering the country)
  • Face coverings no longer required by law

Events and gatherings

  • Nightclubs can open
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship


  • Guidance recommending against travel to amber countries removed
  • Adults fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days after returning from amber-list countries
  • Under-18s won’t need to quarantine

Other changes

  • Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed
  • On 16 August most Covid restrictions in schools – including “bubbles” – will come to an end, ahead of the autumn term.
  • From the same date, double-vaccinated adults may not need to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who tests positive. However, it will remain a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid.

What guidance will remain in place in England?

  • People should meet others outside where possible
  • It is “expected and recommended” that people should wear face coverings (unless exempt) in crowded public settings such as public transport
  • Businesses such as nightclubs – and large events – will also be encouraged to use Covid-certification in “high risk settings”.
  • People working from home will be encouraged to return to the workplace gradually.

A review will take place in September to assess how prepared the country is for autumn and winter.