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Covid update – what to expect from Monday 19 July

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that England will move to the final stage of easing Covid restrictions on 19 July.

It means almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed, including social distancing rules.

Despite the announcement, the Government and their advisors were keen to stress that the pandemic isn’t over, and urged everyone to remain cautious.

What will change on 19 July?

Social distancing

  • No limits on how many people can meet, but it's good to meet outdoors.
  • 1m-plus rule no longer applies (except in some places like hospitals, or before passport control when entering the country)
  • Face coverings are no longer mandated, but they are recommended

Events and gatherings

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

Care homes

  • Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed


  • On 16 August, most Covid restrictions in schools - including bubbles - will end, ahead of the autumn term.


  • On 16 August, double-vaccinated adults may not need to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who tests positive.
  • It remains a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Coronavirus.

The news that restrictions are being eased will be welcomed by many of us. Here at Wrekin, we have carefully considered the Government’s announcement and agree that a cautious and measured approach is still the right thing to do – especially when it comes to protecting both our staff and customers.

In summary, from the 19 July

  • We will continue to deliver our services in a COVID-secure way
  • Our staff will continue to wear face coverings when entering your home
  • Our area shops and head office will remain closed

We will continue to deliver our services in a COVID-secure way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers, service users and staff. Before we visit your home, we will continue to ask if anyone in the home is self-isolating, shielding or has symptoms of COVID-19. This allows us to keep you and our staff safe.

Further information regarding the government’s lifting of restrictions can be found on the website.

16th July 2021