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Freedom Day: New Covid rules for pubs and restaurants as restrictions end July 19

‘Freedom Day’ has finally arrived, with covid restrictions now lifted in pubs and restaurants

By @dvh_ellis
27 July 2021

t’s been a wearisome ride, but lockdown restrictions are now completely eased.

Mr Javid, the Health Secretary, said July 19 did not mark the “end of the road” but instead would be “start of a new phase of continued caution” as the country begins to accept life with the virus. He added that there was “no perfect time” for the restrictions to ease.

Mr Javid said that businesses without much in the way of ventilation would be “supported and encouraged” to make sure they have proof of vaccination prior to entry, and in some cases, a negative lateral flow test.

Mr Johnson said: “We’re urging nightclubs and other venues with large crowds to make use of the NHS app which shows proof of vaccination, recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry.”

The five-point roadmap for Stage Four is as below:

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  1. Everyone over 18 should be fully vaccinated by end of September and variant booster programme.
  2. Will move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus. No more legal limits of meets, nightclubs open. No limits on theatre, sports events, 1m distance rule and no legal requirement for face masks (but they are encouraged indoors). No more work from home. No Covid certificate required, though again, for nightclubs some form of proof of vaccination is being encouraged.
  3. Test Trace and Isolate: You will still have to self-isolate if you catch Covid or are told to do so by the NHS. No more school bubbles.
  4. Tough border controls continue including red list remain. Double vaccinated arrivals from amber countries won’t have to isolate.
  5. Continue to monitor the data: the Government will place emphasis on strengthened guidance and do everything possible to return restrictions.

When do restaurants, pubs and bars reopen?

Looking for a sign: pubs are facing a difficult future and have asked for clarity on reopening

/ Christian Adams

Things are now opening and the usual run of things is being restored.

All covid restrictions are now removed from hospitality venues.

There will no longer be limits on social contact, numbers at tables in or outdoors, and table service will no longer be mandatory, meaning drinkers can take a spot leaning on the bar.

Scanning with QR codes will no longer be required, and face masks will no longer be a legal requirement, though many venues are likely to encourage them in some capacity, and the Government is keen that they do.

Nightclubs and live events will be allowed to return, and wedding venues will receive guidance on the numbers permitted

For the full roadmap, head to this page.