Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Government announces six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that groups of six people will be able to meet outdoors from Monday 1 June as part of package to ease the burdens of lockdown in a way that is expected to keep the R rate down.

Here is a summary of changes that will affect England next month (June):

  • Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Primary schools, if it is safe to do so, can welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1 June, and nurseries and other early years settings can be reopened.
  • On 15 June, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges can begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for Year 10 and 12 and the equivalent groups in further education. 
  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, provided they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
  • All other non-essential retail can open from 15 June, as long as the government’s five tests are still being met and COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed.

Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance.

The Government’s five tests are:

  1. Protect the NHS’s ability to cope. We must be confident that we are able to provide sufficient critical care and specialist treatment right across the UK.
  2. See a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rates from COVID-19 so we are confident that we have moved beyond the peak.
  3. Reliable data from SAGE showing that the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board.
  4. Be confident that the range of operational challenges, including testing capacity and PPE, are in hand, with supply able to meet future demand.
  5. Be confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS.

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