Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and minimise travel
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

If you have no symptoms:

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

Find out what support you can get

For example, if you’re out of work, need to get food, or want to take care of your mental health.

Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

In England

More businesses and venues can reopen, such as non-essential shops, outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, hairdressers, and gyms. Read the full guidance on what you can now do.

Free rapid lateral flow tests are now available to everyone without symptoms.

In Scotland

From 16 April, up to 6 people from different households can meet outside. You can travel anywhere in Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation or exercise, but you cannot stay overnight. Read the timetable for easing restrictions in Scotland on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

From 12 April, you can travel between Wales and England. Non-essential shops will open and all students will return to school. Read the current rules for Wales on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

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

Guidance and support

The rules and roadmap

Testing and self-isolating

Work and financial support

Businesses and self-employed people

Schools, universities, education and childcare

Popular content

International travel


See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


See all announcements

UK statistics

Total vaccinations

32.7 million

people have received their first dose

Last updated 16 April 2021

Vaccination data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily hospital admissions


new patients have been admitted to hospital

Last updated 13 April 2021

Healthcare data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily new cases


people tested positive with COVID-19

Last updated 17 April 2021

Cases data from the coronavirus data dashboard

All coronavirus information on GOV.UK