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Weddings, care home visits and all the other lockdown rules changing today

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Original article from Kent Live

Lockdown measures have eased further today (June 21) despite 'Freedom Day' being pushed back by four weeks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on June 14 that the scrapping of all social interaction measures, would not be possible until July 19.

However, Mr Johnson did confirm coronavirus rules on weddings, wakes and care homes would change to allow greater numbers of people to for these events.

Read more: Coronavirus infection rates rise in 9 parts of Kent on original June 21 'Freedom Day'

With restrictions changing every few weeks it can be hard to keep up with what you can and can't do.

KentLive has put together a list of all the rules that will and will not change from today.

Take a look below.

Weddings

Weddings will no longer have a capacity limit but venues can decide themselves, how many people can attend the ceremony

Over the past year hundreds of couples have had to postpone and cancel their weddings due to coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.

And for those who decided to carry on despite the rules, a limited capacity of 30 people was put in place.

From June 21, the government will lift the capacity restrictions allowing more than 30 people to attend weddings.

Venues will be able to choose a safe number of guest themselves, after carrying out risk assessments.

Although married couples can enjoy their first dance together at the happy occasion, guests have been advised to keep seated due to increased risk of transmission.

Congregational and communal signing is also advised against.

Wakes

Similarly to weddings, wakes had a limited capacity of up to 30 people and this will now change to match the rules on funerals.

In May, the rules on how many people could attend a funeral changed to an unlimited number, whilst the number of people at wakes remained limited.

But now many people will be happy to know that these rules will change to be in keeping with weddings and funerals.

Care homes

The rules on visits to care homes will be relaxed after previous restrictions meant only indoor visits for up to five named guests were allowed.

Residents will not need to isolate for 14 days after spending time outside of their care home, even for overnight stays away.

However, those needing to make a visit to the hospital will need to isolate for two weeks afterwards.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs will continue to remain closed until at least July 19

There is some sad news for those hoping for a fun night out on the town as nightclubs will remain closed.

All nightclubs have been shut since March 2020 and will not be reopen until at least July 19, after the final step of lockdown was postponed for four weeks.

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Cinemas and theatres

Cinemas and theatres will continue to open with limits on capacity remaining at 50 per cent

Restrictions for cinema-lovers and theatre-goers will remain in place for the time being.

Since May 17 both establishments have been able to reopen under a reduced capacity of 50 per cent.

These rules will not change until at least July 19, which is the newly predicted 'Freedom Day' date.

Masks

Masks will remain compulsory for those entering indoor public spaces and those on public transport

Facemasks will still need to be worn when entering indoor public areas such as shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and on public transport.

For those that fail to comply with these order without a medical or similar exemption, they could face a £200 fine.

Social distancing

Social distancing rules will remain in place until July 19

New rules on social distancing will not be introduced until the final step of the lockdown roadmap, which will be no sooner than July 19.

The rule of six remains in place for those meeting in indoor areas in England, whilst up to 30 people can meet outside.

Working from home

The government will not be lifting its stay at home orders from today, after many workers thought they would be making a return to offices.

All workers are recommended to work from home where possible and this will not changing until at least July 19.

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