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UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 3.

By DTA | 14th May 2021 | News

'Thanks to the efforts of the UK public in social distancing and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination programme, case numbers, deaths and COVID hospital pressures have fallen consistently. However COVID is still circulating with people catching and spreading the virus every day so we all need to continue to be vigilant. This remains a major pandemic globally.'

'It is very important that we all continue to follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it.'

Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

From 17 May

The rules for entering England  change depending on where you have travelled from outside the UK. There will be different rules to follow if you're entering Scotland , entering Wales  or entering Northern Ireland .

You are strongly discouraged from all unnecessary travel to red or amber list countries or territories, for example for leisure purposes.

People who live in England who have had a full vaccine course (2 doses), will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status  for outbound international travel to countries where this is recognised.

In England

From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do .

In Scotland

There are 5 COVID-19 protection levels (0-4). From 17 May, all of Scotland is at Level 2. Read the timetable for easing restrictions in Scotland .

In Wales

From 3 May, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open. Children and adults can take part in indoor organised activities. Your household can choose one other household to meet indoors, becoming an extended household. Read the rules for Wales.

In Northern Ireland

From 30 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants can reopen. You can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. Read the guidance on current restrictions.

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