COVID-19: PM's statement (31 July)
Published 13:21 on 31 Jul 2020
As per the Prime Minister's statement this afternoon (31 July), plans to reopen higher risk settings from 1 August will be postponed for at least a fortnight.
That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:
- Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed;
- Indoor performances will not resume;
- Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place; and
- Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
In addition, the government will extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. This will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
The national pause on shielding will continue as planned from tomorrow. At this stage, the government is not changing the rules on social contact nationally.
Full details of the PM's statement can be found here: https://bit.ly/PM310720
Please also note that last night the Health Secretary announced new restrictions on household contact in the North West specifically Greater Manchester, and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
These are targeted measures on social contact between households, which the data tells us is driving the current increase in cases. Businesses and workplaces should continue as before in those areas.
Full details of the government's approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks can be found here: https://bit.ly/LocalOutbreaks.
A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here: https://bit.ly/LocalRestrictions.
Last updated 13:21 on 31 July 2020