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South East England: latest information and advice - Coronavirus (COVID -19)

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All COVID-19 legal restrictions have now been lifted in the UK. This marks a new phase in the country’s response to the pandemic, moving away from legal restrictions, towards personal choice and advice on how to protect yourself. 

This is a positive move for businesses within the South East, as it sees the lifting of social distancing requirements meaning theatres, restaurants, visitor attractions, hotels, bars, will be able to operate at full capacity and night clubs are able to reopen.  Although the legal requirement to wear face masks has also been lifted, many businesses with the South are continuing to ask visitors to wear them, especially when indoors and in crowded spaces, or areas that are not well ventilated. Transport providers including all London Transport, South Eastern and South Western trains, Isle of Wight Ferries, Red Funnel, Hovertravel and the Gosport Ferry also request passengers wear masks when they travel.

As life adjusts to the 'new normal', let us continue to work together to keep others and ourselves as safe as possible.  Please continue to stay at home when you feel unwell and self-isolate when you have COVID-19 symptoms.  Wash your hands regularly, wear a face mask when a business asks you to or you find yourself in a busy space.  Continue to pre-book your visits were possible, it helps businesses manage their staffing levels and remember to cancel them, if you no longer require them.  Download the track and trace app and check in at venues when you arrive, follow one-way systems that remain in place, they are there for your safety.  Give other visitors space, give those working space and bear in mind, that this is all new again for those working on the shop floor.

We look forward to welcoming you to South East England #lovesoutheastengland. We hope you enjoy discovering new destinations, visiting places with family and friends and exploring both indoor and out.  Please remember tourism businesses within the South East continue to need our support, they have had 18 months of disruption, and as doors to international travel look like they will once again open, it is important not to forgot what is right on your doorstep #lovewhereyoulive

South East England includes 25 destinations, to find out specific information about them and what the lifting of restrictions mean in that area, please visit the official tourism websites across South East England here.

For the B2B tourism industry updates within the South East England region please visit the Tourism South East website

From the 19th July 2021

  • The remaining limits on social contact will be lifted and there will no longer be restrictions on how many people can meet in a social setting, with all businesses allowed to reopen.
  • Large events, such as music concerts and sporting events, can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements.
  • All restrictions on life events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms will be removed which also includes the restrictions on singing or dancing.
  • The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. However, on-going guidance will advise on the advantage of wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • Social distancing rules (2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) will be lifted with the exception of some limited circumstances
  • Regulations that place COVID-secure requirements on businesses, including table service, and distancing between tables, will be lifted.
  • There will still be an encouragement for staff and customers to clean their hands regularly and clean surfaces that people touch frequently.

People experiencing coronavirus symptoms such as;

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste should follow further information on the NHS website.

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