Here are the new lockdown rules from today

The next stage in the easing of lockdown begins today, although most existing Covid restrictions in the UK are staying in place for the moment, because of concerns over the Delta variant.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 6:18 am

The government had hoped to "remove all legal limits on social contact" in England from today, June 21, but that's been put back until July 19, for now.

So what can we do as of today?

The number of guests at a wedding will no longer be limited to 30, although venues and hosts will have to do a risk assessment to ensure social distancing can take place (similar rules apply to wakes);

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There are still limits on the number of people who can meet indoors and outdoors

Care home residents will not necessarily have to self-isolate after leaving their care homes, and they will be able to nominate an "essential care-giver" who can visit, even if the resident is self-isolating;

Children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30 with, for example, the Scouts or Guides, or as part of summer residential schools;

Also, large events pilots will continue, including more Euro 2020 games and a number of other sports, arts and music events;

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What are England's remaining Covid restrictions?

A number of restrictions which were expected to be lifted, will remain in place for the moment:

Limits on the number of people who can mix indoors and outdoors;

Pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas still have to operate within capacity limits;

Limited numbers of people allowed to attend sports events;

Nightclubs remain closed.

The restrictions and rules are subject to change at any moment while the government and scientists monitor the data.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.