You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.
WORKPLACE COVID SECURE GUIDELINES
COVID-secure rules, including social distancing requirements, continue to apply in the workplace. COVID-secure guidelines are available for sectors across the economy to substantially reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
You can gather in a group larger than six people or two households indoors or in a group larger than 30 people outdoors where it is necessary for your work. When working, you should remain 2 metres from anyone you do not live with, or at least 1m with additional mitigations
MAY 17 RESTRICTIONS – Headlines
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
SUPPORT GROUPS / CHILD GROUPS
Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.
TRAVELLING IN ENGLAND
You must not share a private vehicle in groups larger than 6 people (except when everyone present is from no more than 2 households), unless your journey is made for an exempt reason.
There is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.
There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally.
TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
UK TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK.
Check the UK Travel restrictions here.
If you travel to one of these countries or territories, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. You should do this even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before.
RED LIST ARRIVALS – HEATHROW
Heathrow starts processing arrivals from ‘red list’ countries in separate airport terminal. LHR has begun processing arrivals from RED LIST countries in a dedicated terminal following (overdue) concerns about them mixing with other passengers. Travellers arriving from RED LIST nations on direct flights are being taken to T3.
IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
You must self isolate if you test positive. Do not meet up with others and follow the stay at home guidance.
RAPID FLOW TESTING
Rapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.
UK PRODUCTION USEFUL LINKS & DOCS
Close Contact Cohorts and increased screening for COVID-19 – protocol for TV production
Broadcaster guidance (Latest version published Tuesday 19th January 2021 – version 6)