Changes to social distancing and self-isolation rules

Released on 24 June 2020

South Staffordshire council news

On Tuesday 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further measures easing lockdown restrictions in England and set out a series of steps for relaxing shielding guidance to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.  

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What are the changes?  

From Saturday 4 July 2020

  • There will be a new 'one metre plus' social distancing rule. This means that where it is not possible for people to stay two metres apart, they should stay one metre apart and take additional measures to protect themselves such as wearing a face covering, increased use of hand sanitiser, sitting side by side rather than face to face, or meeting outdoors to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and people will be able to enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation and holiday apartments.
  • Indoor gatherings of any two households will be allowed and people will be able to visit someone's house for a dinner party or to stay over with grandparents as long as social distancing is observed.
  • More businesses will be allowed to open provided they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. These include pubs, restaurants, cafes, hair salons and barbers. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, zoos and wildlife centres, libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres. Theatres and concert halls can reopen but not for live performances.
  • Venues that must remain closed for the time being include indoor fitness and dance studios, gyms and swimming pools, water parks, nightclubs, bowling alleys and spas.  

The Government has also updated its advisory guidance for people who are shielding. For now, the guidance remains the same - stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone - but the guidance will change on Monday 6 July and again on Saturday 1 August 2020.

Click here to read the guidance about shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. 

From Monday 6 July 2020
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but they may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.

  • You may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing. For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend's house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates.
  • You no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population.
  • You may form a 'support bubble' with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

From Saturday 1 August 2020
Shielding will be paused and you will no longer need to shield. From this date, the government is advising you to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means you may wish to go out to more places and see more people but you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble. You can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.

Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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