Latest Covid restrictions - what does the delay to the government roadmap mean?

15 June 2021

A male student looks over his shoulder, he is sitting in a punt on the River Thames

Since the start of 2021 the Brookes community has shown incredible commitment in following the roadmap rules out of lockdown. Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, to keep yourself and others safe.

The Government announced on Monday 14 June that the lifting of Covid restrictions will be delayed by four weeks. This is in response to increasing case numbers linked to the more virulent Delta variant of Covid-19. Delaying the further easing of restrictions will allow time for more people to receive their vaccinations. To support this, from 15 June people aged 23 and over are able to book their vaccine appointments.

To help you, we have summarised below the key rules which remain in place. Restrictions are currently expected to stay in place until 19 July but will be subject to ongoing review.

The rules below apply to England only; there are different rules for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What Covid restrictions remain in place?

  • The ‘rule of six’ or two households will continue to apply indoors. This means that you can meet with up to five people or one other household inside
  • You can continue to meet in groups of up to 30 people outdoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and bars remain open. For bookings indoors, the rule of six or two households per table applies
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions can remain open. So you can still visit cinemas, museums, theatres, concert halls, stadiums and children’s indoor play areas
  • Organised indoor sport is still able to take place for all, including gym classes. Visit the Brookes Sport webpage for the latest updates
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can remain open
  • Overnight stays are still allowed within the UK in groups of six or two households
  • A traffic light system continues to be in place for international travel, there are different rules for red, amber or green list countries which must be followed.

Please check the latest government rules on meeting up with other people.

  • Please follow the advice on meeting with family and friends so you can minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19. While no situation is risk-free, there are steps you can take to make meeting family and friends safer.
  • Please continue to follow social distancing and other safe behaviours, such as wearing face coverings and regular hand washing.

Please note that all dates are subject to Government review and may change. You can also read the full Government roadmap.

Please visit our September return 2021 webpage if you would like to find out more about our plans for the next academic year. This page will be updated throughout the summer.

Please read our other Student News article if you would like to find out what facilities are open on our campuses and remind yourself of the ways we are keeping everyone safe.