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All the key changes to England's lockdown that kick in from Monday

All the key changes to England's lockdown that kick in from Monday

The measures will come into force from Monday

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Changes to schools, shops and contact with friends and family have all been announced as part of the next step in the Government's "roadmap" for exiting the coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson has announced further "cautious" changes to England's lockdown as he said the Government's five tests for lifting restrictions had been met.

The measures are set to come into force from Monday, but Mr Johnson warned "local lockdowns" could be reintroduced if there was a spike of infections in certain areas.


Schools

From Monday 1 June

  • Nurseries and early years settings to open.
  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils will also return to primary schools.

From 15 June

  • Year 10 and 12 pupils to have "some face-to-face contact time".

Retail

From Monday 1 June

  • Outdoor retail stores and car showrooms allowed to open due to ease of social distancing.

From 15 June

  • Other non-essential retail allowed to resume businesses provided they have been made "Covid secure".

Social contact

The major announcement is that groups of up to six people will be allowed to meet each other from Monday.

The Prime Minister said this would allow people to meet in outdoor spaces - including private gardens - provided those from different households remain 2 metres apart.

Over-70s will also be allowed to meet up under the measures, but the guidance said those who have been told to "shield" because they are vulnerable are not included.

And the Prime Minister said this did not mean people should stay overnight with families, saying people should use "common sense" when interpreting the new measures.

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