Coronavirus outbreak: changes from 4th July


The Government has announced further easing of lockdown restrictions in its staying alert and safe guidance which explains the measures that will help us to stay safe and alert in a way that continues to protect our communities and the NHS.

From Saturday 4th July, many more services and spaces will start to reopen safely in a phased way. To find out how lockdown is easing across the city.

From Saturday, there will be certain things you will be allowed to do and some which are still not permitted. In all these cases, you must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, and stay 2 metres away or 1 metre plus risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable) from anyone not in your household or support bubble, and abide by the additional rules and risk mitigation measures set out by the public place or venue that you visit.

You should take all necessary hygiene and safety precautions and continue to avoid public transport if possible. If you need to use public transport, please follow safer travel guidance for passengers.

From 4th July, you can-

  1. Meet in groups of up to two households in public and private locations.
  2. Continue to meet outside in groups of up to six people from different households.
  3. Stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household.
  4. Visit public places and such as libraries, community centres, places of worship and outdoor gyms, and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites.

Please refer to the guidance on staying safe outside your home.

You must not-

  1. Gather indoors or stay overnight away from your home in groups of more than two households, including when going out.
  2. Gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households.
  3. Hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing or interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with.

A detailed list of frequently asked questions of what you can and cannot do from 4th July can be found here.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must begin to self-isolate and book a test by visiting or calling 119. If the result is positive, everyone else in your household and support bubble must self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are not showing any symptoms.

If you or a member of your household or support bubble is contacted as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme, the individual contacted should self-isolate for two weeks. If that individual becomes symptomatic, everyone in the household and support bubble must then also self-isolate. There is additional guidance for staying at home for those with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection. This is critical to staying safe and protecting our communities and the NHS.

You can continue to find the latest information on guidance and support during the outbreak on our information and guidance page as well as avail of the opportunity to share your COVID-19 experiences.