The Prime Minister has confirmed a four-week delay to Step four of the government’s roadmap until 19 July due to concerns caused by the Delta variant and to allow for more people to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before further easing of restrictions takes place.
The proposed extension will be reviewed to see if action can be taken two weeks sooner on 5 July.
The main points:
All adults aged 18 and over will now be offered a first dose by 19 July, 2 weeks earlier than planned. All adults aged 23 and 24 will be able to book their first dose from today (15 June)
By 19 July, all those aged over 50 and the clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered their second dose, and those second doses will have taken effect.
Second doses for all over-40s will be accelerated by reducing the dosing interval from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. All over-40s who received a first dose by mid-May will be offered a second dose by 19 July.
The 30-person limit will be lifted for weddings and wakes. There will be no set limit on the number of attendees, but venues must adhere to Covid-secure guidance, maintain social distancing and provide table service. All weddings in private settings, such as gardens, must have completed a Covid risk assessment to ascertain how many guests they can host safely.
Event pilots will continue, including some Euro 2020 matches, Wimbledon, and some arts and music performances. Attendees will show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.
Care home residents will no longer need to isolate if they leave their residence. Exceptions will include high risk visits including overnight stays in hospital.
More information on the Government’s roadmap website.
15 June 2021