Thanks to everyone’s hard work, and with the current “R” (infection) rate now below 1 in all areas, from 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 in England people are able to meet in groups of up to six people from different households outside - in parks or now also in private gardens - as long as people observe a two-metre distance, in accordance with the social distancing guidance.
The evidence shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 and, for the first time since March, people will be able to invite parents, grandparents and friends to their homes, 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧.
A person may walk 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ a dwelling to get to a garden and a person is allowed indoors to use the lavatory. However 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑔𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 and 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦𝑠 remain strictly forbidden at this stage.
I know how difficult these times have been for those who have been away from loved ones, and I welcome this step – albeit a step which is conditional on any future outbreaks – and hope that we can go even further in the weeks to come.
The Government has also confirmed that people who are ‘shielding’ may now leave their home if they wish, as long as they maintain social distancing. This decision has been made with consideration to the fact that Covid-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced. The Guidance states “If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review.”
You can read the up to date guidance for persons shielding here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-pr….
More information can be found on the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-six-people-can-meet-outside-under….