England will move to the final stage of easing Covid restrictions on 19 July.

It means almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed.

But Boris Johnson said it was vital to proceed with “caution”, warning “this pandemic is not over”.

The peak of the current wave is not expected before mid-August and could lead to between 1,000 and 2,000 hospital admissions per day, according to government scientists.

Central estimates from modellers advising the government also show that Covid deaths are expected to be between 100 and 200 per day at the peak, although there is a large amount of uncertainty.


Staffordshire has witnessed rising case rates of Covid-19 recently with many areas above the West Midlands and National averages. Places such as Tamworth are among the highest in the country and the county council is issuing a plea to be cautious ahead of July 19, when the changes are due to take place.

What will change in England on 19 July?

Social distancing

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus rule removed (except in some places like hospitals, or before passport control when entering the country)
  • Face coverings no longer required by law

Events and gatherings

  • Nightclubs can open
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship


  • Guidance recommending against travel to amber countries removed
  • Adults fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days after returning from amber-list countries
  • Under-18s won’t need to quarantine