Freedom Day Rules: What Can You Do From Today?

Life will begin to return to some form of normalcy again (Image: Getty)

Today marks the long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ when life can largely return to the way it was before Covid-19 hit the country.

After more than a year and a half of lockdowns and restrictions, virtually all measures left today have been lifted in the UK.

This means nightclubs can reopen for the first time since the pandemic, you will no longer have to put a six-person limit on your dinner reservations, and many will start head back to work.

Guidance has also changed significantly, with responsibility revolving around how to limit the spread of the virus largely from the state to citizens and corporate bosses.

The so-called ‘Freedom Day’ applies only to England, as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have their own plans for easing restrictions.

Boris Johnson planned to lift all restrictions from today but hopes of a full return to normal have been dashed by the spread of highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India. Degree.

Although infections spike above 40,000 a day, with warning they can reach 200,000 this summer, the prime minister stressed ‘now is the right time to proceed’ but ‘with caution’.

This means that some measures, including those around travel and self-isolation, will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

So what exactly will change from today?

Rule number six and social distancing removed

For the first time in months, you’ll no longer have to be picky about who to invite to social events.

As of today, the rule of six in the house is a thing of the past.

The awkward ‘sorry we’ve got six’ conversations will be a thing of the past (Image: Getty)

This means groups of more than six people from multiple households will be able to spend time together both outdoors and indoors.

The one meter plus rule has also been dropped, paving the way for hotel and office businesses to welcome more people back inside the premises.

This means that seating restrictions in pubs will end, and people will be allowed to drink at the bar again instead of just serving at the table.

Nightclubs reopen

It’s been a long time since Britons were able to spill drinks or show off their best fists on the dance floor.

Tonight, clubs and bars with dance areas will reopen with a bang, which is a welcome return to the troubled nighttime industry.

With social distancing rules dropped, revelers won’t have to wear masks inside and they’re free to head to the bar to join the rounds.

Monday will be a big night when nightclubs reopen (Image: Getty)

Nightclubs, along with hospitality businesses, will not require customers to scan a QR code upon entry as the legal requirement to do so also ends today.

However, the prime minister has ‘urged’ major venues, clubs, restaurants and pubs to ask to see proof of immunity against infection upon entry.

This will come in the form of an NHS card, or so-called vaccine passport, which provides proof of a negative test, natural immunity from recent infection or vaccination.

But some big places their use has been excluded as they would not be a legal requirement.

Unlimited weddings, funerals and festivals

Thousands of people looking to celebrate their big day or pay tribute to a deceased loved one have had their number of guests very limited, only 30 people.

Monday marks a major shift to large-scale events, with the removal of the guest limit.

This means that people will be able to celebrate life events in the same way they did before.

There will be no guest limit at the wedding (Image: Getty)

Festivals, which have had to cancel or delay their annual events, will now be able to choose a date and stick to it as there will be no limit on attendees.

Sports stadiums and theaters can also now reopen at full capacity.

Masks are no longer required

To this day, all Britons – unless exempt – have been required by law to wear face coverings on public transport and inside shops, pubs and public areas. in another house.

Masks will no longer be mandatory from today, but the Prime Minister “wants” people to continue to wear them when busy or ‘closed’.

The decision has sparked a backlash from experts and politicians, who have deemed the move to ‘personal responsibility’ as ‘reckless’ and ‘irresponsible’.

Mr Johnson said he hoped people would continue to think about the health of those around them – but critics say many people would stop wearing masks if they didn’t need to.

Some cities and regions have make their own rules about wearing masks on public transport, including London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Tyne and West England.

Masks will no longer be mandatory – but some areas are keeping public transport regulations (Image: AFP)

The use of face coverings will become a ‘condition of carriage’, applying to London Underground and buses, Metrolink trams in Greater Manchester, and Tyne and Wear Underground.

They will also be mandatory at bus stations in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Supermarket chains – including Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose – will encourage customers to wear masks.

Work from home tutorial ends

For many, zoomed-in meetings in pajamas could soon be over as Government advice to work from home if possible is scrapped.

This means individual companies will now set their own rules about returning to the office or maintaining flexible operations in place.

However, a return to work would not be expected immediately, with the Prime Minister saying instead that people working from home should start returning to the office ‘gradually’.

“But we don’t expect that the country will return to their desks from Monday,” Mr Johnson said as he laid out the rules.


Overseas travel will remain uncertain for a while, as the traffic lights will remain unchanged from today.

People arriving from amber-colored countries – who are not double-sided – will still have to legally isolate at home and undergo tests, while those arriving from red destinations will have to enter isolation hotel.

But if you are fully vaccinated against the virus, you will be able to travel to the amber list countries without quarantine when they return to the UK from today.

Those who have been stabbed twice will be exempt from quarantine upon returning from amber-colored countries (Image: Getty)

Those who have received a second dose of Covid within 14 days will be exempt from quarantine.

All people under the age of 18 are also being exempted from the isolation rules when visiting the same areas.

The government is also removing guidance advising people not to visit the amber list countries, meaning travel for pleasure, business and to see family is back on the card.

Mr Shapps said that, in essence, his announcement meant that for fully vaccinated travelers, the requirements for the green and amber list countries were the same.

Home care

Beyond Monday, friends and family visiting care home residents will still be required to wear protective equipment and are advised to minimize physical contact.

But there will be no limit to the number of ‘named visitors’ a resident can receive.

There will also be no more national limits on how many people can visit in a day.

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ClareFora is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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