Coronavirus (COVID-19) - National restrictions

The national restrictions are:

  • You can only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble

  • You can meet up to 6 people or 2 households outside

  • You must work from home if you can and only travel when necessary

  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Click here to read the detailed guidance.

There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. 

 Meeting others

You should not mix indoors except with your household or support bubble.

You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in group of 6 people or 2 households.

Overnight stays

Domestic overnight stays are allowed, but you must only stay with members of your household or support bubble.

Bars, pubs and restaurants

Open outdoors for groups of six people or two households. Those that serve alcohol must provide table service. Closed indoors.

Retail and personal care

All retail open. Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons open.

Work and business

Everybody must work from home unless they are unable to do so.


You should minimise travel as much as possible. Avoid the busiest times and routes.


Early years settings are open. Schools and colleges are open to all students. Students on practical university courses can return. Students and staff will be regularly tested. Other higher education students should continue to learn remotely.

Leisure and sporting facilities

Outdoor sports facilities can open, like tennis or basketball courts and open-air swimming pools. Parents and child groups can take place outdoors in public spaces.


Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation open for visits with your household or support bubble only. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs closed.


Outdoor settings and attractions, such as zoos and theme parks open for visits of two households, or in a group of up to six people. Drive-in-events open for visits with your household or support bubble. Indoor entertainment closed.

Care home visits

People who live in a care home

in England will be allowed two named regular indoor visitors

Weddings and funerals

Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions, and commemorative events such as wakes can take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).


Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are no longer advised to shield, but should continue taking extra precautions such as minimising social interactions and shopping at quieter times of the day.

Places of worship

Places of worship open and communal worship is permitted, but you must not mix indoors with anyone outside your household or support bubble.

Overseas Travel

You must not go on holiday abroad. You could be fined £5,000 for travelling abroad without a legally permitted reason.

Public buildings

Libraries and community centres open.

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

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