Information about the current lockdown and plans to ease these restrictions with the government's 4-step plan.
This page was last updated at 16:16pm on Thursday, 22 July. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
A 4-step plan (or roadmap) to ease lockdown restrictions in England was announced on Monday, 22 February 2021.
We are now in Step 4 of the plan, and all previous restrictions have ended.
From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. From this date, if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case you will also be exempt from self-isolation. In both instances, you will be advised to take a PCR test. If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age.
In England, the legal requirement to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces has ended. However, government guidance says it 'expects and recommends' the continued wearing of masks in crowded areas such as public transport.