COVID-19: What are the remaining rules in England after 'Freedom Day'?

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Most legal restrictions have been removed in England but the government has provided guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"Freedom Day" on 19 July has seen nightclubs reopen, big events have their limits removed and wedding guest restrictions lifted as part of step four (the final step) of the roadmap out of lockdown.

But with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, some guidance remains in place - although it is not legally binding.

People are being asked to use "personal judgement" and common sense by considering the risks to protect themselves and others.

This is the remaining guidance:

• People with COVID symptoms should self-isolate and take a PCR test - a test that is sent to a lab. (From 16 August, fully-vaccinated contacts aged 18 years or older will not have to quarantine but will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible)

• Those in education, high-risk workplaces and "to help people manage their personal risk" should take two lateral flow tests a week

• When you receive a positive test or are contacted by Test and Trace you should self-isolate - this is still the law

• Continue to maintain good hygiene such as washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and cleaning surfaces

• Stay home if you feel unwell, even if they are not COVID-19 symptoms

• All arrivals from red list countries need to go to a quarantine hotel for 10 days

• Arrivals from amber list countries who are not fully vaccinated need to self-isolate

• The government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, but is advising a gradual return over the summer

• People are expected and recommended to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport

• Being outside or letting fresh air in is better than being in an enclosed room with others

• It is best to minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts

• Employers have a legal duty to manage risks so should carry out health and safety risk assessments and take reasonable steps to mitigate risks, such as cleaning surfaces, improving airflow, ensuring unwell staff and customers do not attend and making sure everyone knows what measures are in place

•Although no longer legally required, businesses are encouraged to continue displaying QR codes for those wishing to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app or collect contact details for Test and Trace

• Businesses and large events are encouraged to use the NHS COVID pass in high-risk settings such as nightclubs

• The government has stated: "If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date."

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