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What you can and can't do - Latest government updates
Developments in the coronavirus pandemic remain uncertain around the world. No travel is risk-free.
For general government guidance in relation to travel click - here
TRAVEL ADVICE - Exemptions
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.
This advice is being kept under constant review.
Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.
For more information click - here
What has changed?
The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused.
You do not need to follow previous shielding advice
You can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
Clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools and guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
You can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
You can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre, plus other precautions
You should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
You will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service
Read the full government guidance click - here
Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020 click - here
How to make your own face masks click - here
Face coverings on public transport
From 15 June, passengers will need to wear face coverings on public transport.
Transport operators will be asked to make face coverings a requirement for passengers travelling on buses, coaches, trains, trams, aircraft and ferries.
Guidance remains to work from home if you can and avoid public transport where possible.
Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
To read about the new rules on face coverings click - here
The government has published staying safe outside your home guidance on what the new rules will mean. This page sets out key FAQ to help you prepare for these changes.
Meeting others from outside of your household
To find the most recent information about meeting others from outside of your household click - here