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.

From 17 May

The rules for entering England change depending on where you have travelled from outside the UK. There will be different rules to follow if you’re entering Scotland, entering Wales or entering Northern Ireland.

You are strongly discouraged from all unnecessary travel to red or amber list countries or territories, for example for leisure purposes.

People who live in England who have had a full vaccine course (2 doses), will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for outbound international travel to countries where this is recognised.

In England

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

In Scotland

There are 5 COVID-19 protection levels (0-4). From 26 April, all of Scotland is at Level 3. Read the timetable for easing restrictions in Scotland on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

From 3 May, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open. Children and adults can take part in indoor organised activities. Your household can choose one other household to meet indoors, becoming an extended household. Read the 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 stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. Read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.

Guidance and support

The rules and roadmap

Testing and self-isolating

Self-employment and businesses

Work and financial support

Schools, universities, education and childcare

International travel


See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


See all announcements

UK statistics

Total vaccinations

35.4 million

people have received their first dose

Last updated 08 May 2021

Vaccination data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily hospital admissions


new patients have been admitted to hospital

Last updated 04 May 2021

Healthcare data from the coronavirus data dashboard

Daily new cases


people tested positive with COVID-19

Last updated 09 May 2021

Cases data from the coronavirus data dashboard

All coronavirus information on GOV.UK