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Lifting lockdown around the UK

We breakdown how restrictions are easing across different areas of the UK

Not everywhere is lifting restrictions at the same rate across the UK. Here’s a brief summary of what the regulations are in the different regions. By Michael Delaney.

One of my favourite parts of working at TMIK is the fact that I get to speak to our readers.

As a team, we didn’t realise we’d fallen into the trap of reporting lockdown changes referring to the UK when we meant England.

So, I want to start by saying thank you to those that messaged us and apologise for the mistake.

And to try and clear things up, we’ve put together a brief summary of what you can and can’t do across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

😷 Face coverings 😷

England
England is the only place, currently, where face covering is compulsory on public transport from 15th June. They are also advised where social distancing is not possible.

Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Currently, face coverings are only advised where social distancing is not possible.

🚘 Going to work 🚘

Across all regions, people are advised to work from home unless their job does not allow. There are some regional specifics, though.

England
Where possible, employees and customers should maintain 2m apart. Where this is not possible steps must be taken to manage transmission risk.

Wales
In Wales, people can only return to their place of work if the 2m rule is possible.

Scotland
Businesses are advised are only to reopen if they consider their work essential, if their business is listed in the relevant phase, and people can work safely.

Northern Ireland
Some places didn’t close at all, but must enforce social distancing. The Department for the Economy has published a list of priority business sectors which should be supported to reopen.

🏡 Meeting friends and family 🏡

At the moment, all regions only allow for us to meet up in groups outside. The timing for indoor meet-ups is still yet to be announced.

England
Up to six people from different households can meet – people can use the toilet, if they need it. Adults living alone or single parents are allowed to mix with one other household, and they are allowed to meet indoors and can even stay overnight.

Scotland
Two households can meet, up to a maximum of eight.

Wales
Two households can meet, no maximum number of people.

Northern Ireland
Up to six people from different households can meet. First Minister Arlene Foster also announced this week that, from Saturday, single adults can spend the night at another house in a “support bubble”.

🎉 Weddings 🎉

Many people have had to postpone or cancel their special day.

Across England, Wales and Scotland weddings are still not permitted, but there are rumours of outdoor weddings or very small ceremonies being allowed soon.

Northern Ireland is an exception however…

Northern Ireland
Permitted up to 10 people from 8 June. If one partner is terminally ill, weddings of up to 10 people indoors are permitted.

Funerals

It is never easy losing somebody, regardless of the circumstances. Rules around funerals are understandably more relaxed.

England
Only members of the deceased person’s household, close family members, or if neither are attending, a friend, may attend a funeral.

Scotland
Only members of the deceased person’s household, close family members, or if neither can attend, a friend, are permitted to leave home to attend a funeral.

Wales
People can leave home to attend a funeral if they are organising it or invited to attend.

Northern Ireland
Only members of the deceased person’s household, close family members, or if neither are available, a friend, are permitted to leave home to attend a funeral.

🛒 Shops 🛒

Some will have to wait a little longer for their retail therapy.

All essential shops are open, including super markets, pharmacies and petrol stations, as well as garden centres. Hairdressers and salons across the UK remain closed for the time being. Here’s when other stores are expected to open.

England
Retail shops, car showrooms and outdoor markets are all allowed to open.

Scotland and Wales
Are yet to open up other shops. When they do, they will have to be adapted to maintain social distancing.

Northern Ireland
Retail shops, car showrooms and outdoor markets are all allowed to open.

As a team, we talk about how much things have shifted in the last few weeks. Protests, demonstrations and raves seemed unthinkable a couple of weeks ago!

What are you and your friends talking about?