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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

England moves to Step 4

COVID Restrictions lifted

  • You will not need to socially distance from other people who you do not live with. The 2 metre social distancing rule will be removed, but people should still be cautious.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people from outside your household you can meet up with.
  • However, you should limit the amount of close contact with people who you don’t live with.
  • Meeting others outdoors is advised, or letting fresh air in when meeting with others indoors or in enclosed places
  • Whilst there will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering indoors, it will be encouraged and expected in crowded places, like on public transport.

Life events

  • The limits on how many people can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals, or other life events, including any associated receptions or celebrations will be lifted.
  • There will be no longer a requirement for venues to offer table service only at life events.
  • There will no longer be group size restrictions on communal worship.


  • People are no longer instructed to work from home where they can. It is recommended to businesses that they phase a gradual return for staff over the duration of the summer.
  • All remaining closed businesses and venues will be able to re-open.
  • There will no longer be capacity limits at events, such as sports, entertainment, or business.
  • Hospitality venues (pubs, restaurants, or bars) will no longer be required to offer table service or follow social distancing rules.
  • Businesses should still follow the working safely guidance as set out by the government.
  • The government encourages organisations operating in high risk settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others from outside their household, to use NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The NHS COVID Pass should not be used by essential services and essential retailers, which have been able to remain open throughout the pandemic, as a condition of entry.
  • Businesses are being encouraged to continue displaying QR codes for customers wishing to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, or to continue collecting customer contact details to support NHS Test and Trace however this will no longer be a legal requirement.


  • From 19 July, fully vaccinated people returning to England from amber list countries will not need to quarantine.
  • There are no restrictions on travel within England.


Getting tested and self-isolation

  • You should still get tested and self-isolate immediately if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You must self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • You must self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
  • From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive COVID-19 case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
    • This includes under-18’s who are a contact of a positive case.

Support for businesses

Ashfield businesses and self-employed people can get Coronavirus (COVID-19) support as well as advice to help keep your business and employees safe. You can find more on our support for business page

Ashfield Community Hub

Nottinghamshire County Council is co-ordinating efforts across the city and county to link those who need help with organisations which can support them. 

If you are staying at home because you or someone in your house has coronavirus symptoms and need urgent help telephone 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday for guidance and support. 

Get more advice and help through the Nottinghamshire County Council coronavirus community support hub

What to do if you have symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of any of the following: 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). 

For most people coronavirus will be a mild illness. 

Self-isolation and contact with others

If you have any symptoms you must stay at home and isolate for 10 days. 

Anyone you live with must stay at home and isolate for 10 days after you get ill, even if they stay well. If they become ill they must isolate for 10 days from that point regardless of when their 10 days isolation started.

You should consider letting anyone you had close contact with in the 48 hours before you became ill know you have symptoms. 

There is more information on self-isolation on the NHS website. 

Arranging a coronavirus test

While self-isolating at home you should arrange for a test to check if you have the virus. You can arrange a Coronavirus test  through the NHS website. 

Number of cases

The Department for Health and Social Care publishes daily statistics on the number of cases in the UK