Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. Find out how to manage the risks and protect yourself and others.
If you have no symptoms:
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
- get a PCR test
- stay at home
Recent and upcoming changes
Changes in England
From 19 July England
England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what you should do to protect yourself and others.
Fully vaccinated people returning to England from most amber list countries will not need to quarantine.
From 2 August England
People who have been fully vaccinated in the US and most European countries, will not need to quarantine when arriving in England from amber list countries. There’s also no need for a test on day 8.
From 16 August England
If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.
Changes in Northern Ireland
From 19 July Northern Ireland
Fully vaccinated people returning to Northern Ireland from amber list countries do not need to self-isolate.
From 26 July Northern Ireland
Up to 15 people from any number of households can meet in a private garden.
The new ‘COVIDCertNI’ app can be used to show proof of vaccination for international travel. Find out more about what you can and cannot do in Northern Ireland on nidirect.
Changes in Scotland
From 19 July Scotland
All of Scotland has moved to Level 0. Up to 8 people from 4 households can meet in your home. Up to 15 people from up to 15 households can meet outside. Read the rules for Scotland on GOV.SCOT.
Changes in Wales
From 17 July Wales
Wales has moved to alert level 1. Up to 6 people can meet indoors. Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people seated or 200 standing. There are no limits on the numbers of people who can gather outdoors. Up to 30 children from organisations can go to residential centres over the summer holidays. Read more about alert level 1 on GOV.WALES.
Guidance and support
Quarantine waived for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA while also confirming international cruise restart
Published 28 July 2021
Daily contact testing rolled out to more emergency service and critical workers
Published 24 July 2021
Health chiefs encourage more pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine
Published 22 July 2021
people have received their first dose
Last updated 27 July 2021
Daily hospital admissions
new patients have been admitted to hospital
Last updated 24 July 2021
Daily new cases
people tested positive with COVID-19
Last updated 28 July 2021