Filter for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The rule of keeping a distance of 2m from each other will be reduced to 1m (plus. i.e. where possible to do more, more is recommended but not required legally) from the 4th of July.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People from several households can meet in groups of up to six and from two households of any size should be able to meet in any setting inside or out.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
From 4th July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Recreation and sport will be allowed, but indoor facilities, including changing rooms and courts, will remain closed
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2020-07-04 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
"Close proximity" venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will need to remain closed for now, as will bowling alleys and water parks.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services – including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
courts, probation services, police stations and other public services will increasingly resume face-to-face proceedings.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
we will also re-open restaurants and pubs. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table-service, and our guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact. We will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers, as happens in other countries, and we will work with the sector to make this manageable.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
re-open hairdressers, with appropriate precautions, including the use of visors.
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2020-07-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres.
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2020-06-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Eligible English dairy farmers able to apply for up to £10,000 to overcome impact of coronavirus.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
From Monday 15 June places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
On 15 June, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for Year 10 and 12 and the equivalent groups in further education.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times.
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2020-06-07 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Online resources and charity grants have been introduced to help schools and colleges respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing
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2020-06-05 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Renters across England and Wales will receive greater protection after the government extended the suspension of new evictions until 23 August.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, provided they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Government allows for the resumption of compeitive sport behind closed doors
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary schools will welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1 June, and nurseries and other early years settings will be reopened. O
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2020-05-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Community projects nationwide set to receive share of £5 million government investment to expand mental health support
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2020-05-28 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) across England, the government announced.The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
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2020-05-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government announced today
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2020-05-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business announced today
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2020-05-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Radical plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic have been unveiled today. It will be backed by £433 million of government funding with 3,300 homes to be made available in next 12 months
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2020-05-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland will receive a funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand for advice and information from the public during the COVID-19 pandemic
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2020-05-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Local authorities to work with government to support test and trace services in their local communities. £300 million will be provided to all local authorities in England to develop and action their plans to reduce the spread of the virus in their area. Work will build on the continued efforts of communities across the country to respond to the pandemic locally
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2020-05-22 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All arriving travelers to the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance. Anyone failing to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action. A breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine. The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases. The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches. There are some exemptions incuding: road haulage and freight workers; medical professionals; anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area, covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; Seasonal Agricultural Workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working
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2020-05-21 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Antibody tests will be available to NHS and care staff, eligible patients and care residents in England to see if they have had coronavirus as part of a new national antibody testing programme
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2020-05-18 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests. tests can be booked online.
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2020-05-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
£600 million Infection Control Fund to reduce transmission of coronavirus in care homes
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2020-05-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government invests £35 million to protect critical freight routes. Ensuring there is enough freight capacity to prevent disruption to the flow of critical goods, such as food and medical supplies.
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2020-05-13 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. Each one will lead on developing new COVID-19 secure guidelines for the reopening of public places and businesses, where and when it is safe to do so. The five new ministerial taskforces will look at the following sectors: pubs and restaurants (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy); non-essential retail (including salons) (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy); recreation and leisure, including tourism, culture and heritage, libraries, entertainment and sport (Department for Culture, Media and Sport); places of worship (Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government); international aviation, reflecting the unique challenges that sector is facing (Department for Transport)
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2020-05-13 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
More stringent enforcement measures for non-compliance with the new rules have also come into effect today. Fines have been increased, and will now start at £100, which will be lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days. This will double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.
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2020-05-12 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
That is why the Department for Transport has published two new pieces of guidance for passengers and operators. These guidelines in include ensuring stations, services and equipment are regularly cleaned, making sure passenger flows are clearly communicated to avoid crowding and try to keep everyone on the network – passengers and staff – 2 metres apart. For passengers it includes maintaining 2m distance where possible, wearing a face mask, using contactless payments and avoiding rush hours.
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2020-05-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500
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2020-05-11 In Public health measures: General recommendations
People who use public transport or visit shops should consider covering their mouth and nose. Public urged not to buy medical grade masks so they can be saved for frontline health and care workers, and instead make their own face coverings at home
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2020-05-11 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Practical guidelines published today to make workplaces as safe as possible and give people confidence to go back to work during coronavirus pandemic. Documents were developed in consultation with approximately 250 businesses, unions, industry leaders as well as devolved administrations
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2020-05-11 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched today. As the national testing capacity has increased, the government is prioritising testing for care homes and other areas with the greatest need. All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. Testing will be prioritised for care homes that look after the over 65s.
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2020-05-10 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People are now allowed to take unlimited outdoor exercise; however must obey strict social distancing: fines will be increased to ensure this.
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2020-05-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Covid alert system established in UK, which determines how tough UK should be in social distancing regulations. 5 levels: level 1 no disease in the UK; level 5 is critical stage. Over period of lockdown UK has been in level 4. UK hopes to move to level 3 in the next while.
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2020-05-10 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Those who cannot work from home are now actively encouraged to go to work, though workplaces will be under strict regulations, and people are encouraged not to use of public transport to get there (by car, walking or biking is encouraged)
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2020-04-16 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The UK extends its lockdown for at least another 3 weeks.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government to provide guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes for business-to-business transactions
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
The U.K. government has released 350 people from immigrant detention (Immigration Removal Centers (IRCs), pending ‘imminent’ deportation) amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, and all public and cultural places.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All social events will be stopped excluding funerals
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Parks will be open but gatherings will be dispersed.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All gatherings of more than two people in public will be stopped except when accompanied by people you live with.
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Police will have powers to enforce lockdown rules through fines and dispersing gatherings.
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2020-03-24 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
General lockdown in UK of immediate effect. People are only permitted to leave home for 3 reasons: shoppig for basic necessities as infrequently as possible, one for of exercise a day (alone or with members of your household), any medical need, and travelling to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done at home.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Police, public health and immigration officers will be able to £1,000 fines for individuals refusing tests for covid-19. To Be Enforced Yet.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Police, public health and immigration officers will be able to detain people suspected of having Covid-19, for the specific purposes of screening and assessment, or to isolate them for a period of time. The regulations are intended to apply to people who attempt to "leave supported isolation before the current quarantine period of 14 days is complete". To be enforced yet.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The introduction of a new job retention scheme will cover up to 80 per cent of wage costs (details to be confirmed) backdated to 1 March for a period of three months or longer, if needed, for small businesses, charities and not for profit organisations. Grants due to be available to business within weeks.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government prohibits evictions during the covid-19 period.
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2020-03-22 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People are directed to stay 2m away from one another
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The following businesses are to remain closed until further notice: Public houses, Cinemas, Theatres, Nightclubs, Bingo halls, Concert halls, Museums and galleries, Casinos, Betting shops, Spas, Massage parlours, Indoor skating rinks, Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Restaurants, cafes and bars are no longer permitted to sell food or drinks for consumption on the premises.
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools to close for all except the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. Nurseries, private schools and sixth forms are also closing.
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Self-employed people can now access, in full, Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees. Also next self-assessment payments deferred to Jan 2021 for the self employed.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: General recommendations
UK Foreign Office (FCO) has advised Britons against "all but essential travel" for at least the next 30 days
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Anyone living in a household with somebody who has either a persistent cough or fever must now also isolate themselves for 14 days.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Social gatherings should be avoided
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
recommendation to avoid all non-essential travel
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All people should avoid gatherings and crowded places
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Britons are told to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres.
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
7 day self-quarantine for those with cough or fever.
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2020-03-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
A Covid-19 fund aimed at supporting the economy (small business etc)
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2020-03-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Those who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick. Also SSP will be payable from day 1 instead of day 4 (which is usually the case) for affected individuals.
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
£5 billion provided to the NHS to ensure staffing levels
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