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The Prime Minister announces a move to Step 4

Published on: 15 July 2021

PM Boris Johnson moves to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would move to Step 4 in its route map out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speaking alongside the Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer, he said that whilst more restrictions were being lifted we could not simply revert to life as it was before COVID-19.

The Prime Minister also said that whilst the requirement for social distancing was being lifted, he expected and recommended that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces to continue limiting the spread of the virus.  

From 19 July, there will no longer be any restrictions on how many people can meet up  – including in both indoor and outdoor settings. In addition:

  • Attendance limitations on weddings and funerals will be removed
  • Large-scale events will not require people to show COVID-19 certificates (representing their vaccination or immunity status)
  • Table service at bars and restaurants will not be mandatory

British Marine members should note that whilst the Government requirement to work at home is being relaxed from this date, ministers do not expect the whole country to return as soon as possible. Further guidance for businesses will be issued over the summer on a gradual return to the office. 

British Marine members can read the announcement in full here.