Leeds lockdown rule changes June 21: What you can and can't do now as full unlocking is delayed

Although today (June 21) does not see the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions in England, there are still some rules that have changed.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 7:16 am
Updated Monday, 21st June 2021, 7:20 am
What are the Covid lockdown rules in Leeds?
What are the Covid lockdown rules in Leeds?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has moved the provisional June 21 'freedom day' to July 19 after a rise in coronavirus cases across the UK.

Now, England remains under Step 3 restrictions but there have been some slight rule changes as we hit the original unlocking date.

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What are the new rules about weddings and other celebrations?

Weddings or civil partnership ceremonies, and receptions and celebrations may take place in Covid secure venues or in the garden or private home.

The number of people that can attend is in most cases determined by how many a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.

There still must be table service, face coverings, social distancing and there are still dancing and singing restrictions.

Inside private homes or indoor structures in gardens at homes, these celebrations can only be held in line with social contact rules of up to six people or two households.

A marquee or other structure in a private garden of a private home must have at least 50 per cent of its walled area open at any time for it not to be classed as indoors.

Significant life events such as christenings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs can also be attended by a maximum of 30 people and anyone working is not counted in these limits.

What are the rules around funerals?

Funerals or other linked commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering may take place in Covid secure venues, or in a private garden.

The number of people who can attend is in most cases determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate, with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.

Restrictions still include table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on singing.

Inside private homes, and in indoor structures in gardens of private homes, funerals can only be held in line with broader social contact rules of up to six people or twp households.

A marquee or other structure in a private garden of a private home must have at least 50 per cent of its walled area open at any time for it not to be classed as indoors.

The organiser must complete a Covid risk assessment for events taking place in all venues.

For events in gardens of private homes or on private land this is only necessary if you plan on having more than 30 people, when you must use it to determine how many attendees will be able to attend and to identify other practical steps to ensure the event takes place safely.

What are the new rules about care home visits?

Residents are able to nominate five named visitors each, with two visitors being able to visit each day; subject to the visiting arrangements specific to each care home or any local guidance issued by Directors of Public Health.

For visits into care homes, all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver.

These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating.

Visitors are required to show proof of a negative Covid test before a visit can take place, and visitors should follow local care home guidance on infection and prevention control measures when visiting a care home.

In most cases, residents who go on a visit out of a care home will no longer need to isolate for 14 days when they return.

Residents returning from high risk visits out of the care home, such as an overnight stay in hospital, will still be required to isolate.

Decisions on risk will be made following a risk assessment by the care home for each visit out.

What are the childcare rules?

Parent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors, with up to 30 people.

Children under five who are accompanying a parent or guardian do not count towards this limit.

Large events pilots from June 21

A limited series of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely.

Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

This will include some UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and a small number of other sports, arts and music performances.

The full list of pilots, and further details about the events, will be announced shortly.