COVID-19 in United Kingdom, July

United Kingdom // 31 July, 2020

At least 302,301 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the UK, including 45,975 fatalities. Face coverings are compulsory for people using public transport in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, they are also mandatory in shops in England and Scotland. The government have released a strategy document "Our Plan to Rebuild" setting out how the UK will gradually ease lockdown measures. Alert level 3.

31 July: Lockdown measures have been implemented in northern England, the restrictions apply to Greater Manchester (including the City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Lancashire (affected areas include Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale) and West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale and Kirkless). People living in these areas are not allowed to meet other people they do not live with inside a private home or garden. Exemptions apply where people have formed support bubbles. Published guidance also states that if people live in the affected places they should not visit other people’s properties or gardens outside the areas with additional lockdown restrictions. Pubs, restaurants, cafes and gyms remain open in the affected areas but people are being told not to socialise with other households in these settings.
The further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England - due to come in this weekend - has been postponed for at least two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases. Casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut.
Face coverings will be mandatory in England from 8 August in more indoor settings, including museums, cinemas, galleries and places of worship.

Wales has announced further easing of lockdown rules, from Monday pubs, restaurants and cafes can open indoors and up to 30 people can meet outdoors, children under 11 will not have to keep 2 metres apart

30 July: The UK Chief Medical Officers have released a statement extending the self isolation period from 7 days to 10 days for those in the community with coronavirus symptoms or a positive test result. The government has also confirmed that registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. A quarantine exemption for health professionals had been in place since June. Existing lockdown measures in Leicester remain in place.

27 July: Over 300,000 cases have been confirmed with England reporting 258,475 cases, Scotland 18,554 cases, Wales 17,170 cases and Northern Ireland 5,912 cases. Cases remain under 1,000 a day with Blackburn, Leicester and Rochdale reporting the highest number of cases. Some lockdown measures imposed in Leicester have been eased, pubs and restaurants remain closed. From 26 July travellers returning to the UK from Spain will have to self quarantine for 14 days.

20 July: The number of people testing positive has remains below a thousand a day in July and deaths continue to fall. From 24 July it will be compulsory to wear a face covering in shops in England. Children under 11 years and those with certain disabilities are exempt. In Scotland, face coverings in shops have been required since 10 July. Face covering will become mandatory on public transport in Wales from 27 July. From 25 July indoor gyms, pools and other sports facilities can reopen. On 1 August the government will update its advice on going to work, asking employers to make decisions about how and where their staff can work safely.

4 July: 624 new cases and 67 deaths were reported bringing the total to 284,900 and 44,198 deaths. From today people can meet in groups of up to two households in any location and stay overnight. Outside, people can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. Restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites can open. Other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms are also able to open. It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law.

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