The New Do's and Don'ts of Lockdown

What you CAN do from 1 June:

  • You may gather in groups of up to 6 people in public or private outdoor spaces, on the condition that the 2m social distancing rule is followed
  • Children in Reception, year one, year six and nursery school are allowed back to school
  • You may visit outdoor retail spaces - such as outdoor/farmer markets or showrooms where social distancing can be practised

What you could ALREADY do:

  • If unable to work from home, you may return to work, avoiding public transport where possible and using face protection
  • Enjoy unlimited time outdoors, picnicking or exercising, practising social distancing at all times
  • Travel to an outdoor open space irrespective of distance, however only with people from your household unless able to practice social distancing
  • Take day trips to an outdoor open space in your own vehicle with people from your own household
  • Meet one other person from a different household outdoors, while following social distancing guidelines
  • Students can return home if it is a permanent move
  • Go to property viewings in person and visit agents for both sales and rentals
  • Nannies and childminders can come to your house to look after your children, provided good public health measures are adhered to

What you still CANNOT do:

  • Visit friends and family inside their homes or stay overnight
  • Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • Use an outdoor gym or playground
  • Visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • Leave your home to stay at another home
  • Share a private vehicle with someone from another household
  • Leave your home to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose - including visiting second homes
  • Invite anyone other than close family or friends, and someone from the deceased's household, to a funeral


  • Fines for breaking lock-down rules increased from £60 to £100. Repeat offenders will see the fine double for each subsequent breach to a maximum of £3,200


Culbertson, A. and Robertson, C., 2020. Coronavirus Lockdown: What You Can And Can't Do After Changes Across UK. [online] Sky News. Available at: <https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-new-covid-19-three-step-lockdown-rules-explained-11986177> [Accessed 29 May 2020].

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