Here's what you are now allowed to do as lockdown measures are eased in Leeds

Some coronavirus lockdown rules are changing in England today (Monday) as the country tries to return to some kind of normality.
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The rules are different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but here is what the changes mean for people living in England.

– Can I meet more people?

From June 1 you will be able to meet up to six people from separate households, in outside spaces.

The outdoor market at Leeds.The outdoor market at Leeds.
The outdoor market at Leeds.
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This means that you can meet limited numbers of family and friends in gardens and parks, but you must continue to follow social distancing rules.

You can play sports with the people that you meet, but only if it is possible to keep a two-metre space between you, such as tennis or football.

– Will my children go to school?

Primary schools can begin to open for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday.

Vulnerable children and children of key workers can still go to class, and teaching can start for older pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 in two weeks time, Monday June 15.

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Leeds City Council has said it will not fine parents who choose not to send their children back to school.

– Will any more shops be open?

Most non-essential shops will remain closed on Monday, but car showrooms and outdoor markets will be allowed to reopen.

Other non-essential shops can start to trade again from June 15.

– Can I go on a day out?

Day trips to outdoor spaces are allowed as long as you do not stay the night. While on a trip people have to maintain social distancing and hotels are still closed.

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Groups of people were pictured in parks and green spaces across Leeds and West Yorkshire over the sunny weekend, causing some concern.

– Will there still be punishments for breaking the rules?

Yes, and fines for rulebreakers have been increased.

Penalties for a first offence are now set at £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks) and double for every subsequent rule breach, up to £3,200.

– If I am shielding can I leave the house?

From Monday, the two million people who have been shielding in England can now leave the house to spend time with people outdoors.

Those considered extremely vulnerable will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

And those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household, also adhering to social distancing guidelines.