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Lockdown update: All you need to know about new measures

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Lockdown measures have been eased across England after more than seven weeks of restrictions - but how is everyday life changing?

Can I meet friends and relatives?

You can meet one other person from another household, outdoors. The government scientific advice is that you remain 2m (6ft) apart.

You can't visit friends or relatives in their houses or indoors. Nor can you gather in a larger group with people who are not from your household (apart from a few exceptions, such as funerals). Higher fines will be imposed for anyone who breaks these rules.

Can I exercise more?

There is no longer any limit to the amount of exercise, or "open-air recreation" (such as sunbathing) you can do outside in England.

You can play outdoor sports such as golf or tennis with members of your household or with one other person from another household (while maintaining social distance).

Households can also drive any distance in England to destinations such as parks and beaches. But they should not travel to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, where the rules are different.

Why are rules different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Decisions on easing lockdown in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of each national government.

However, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the lifting of some lockdown measures in the country from 28 May.

People will be able to sit or sunbathe in parks and open areas, and meet people from one other household - although only outside and in small numbers. Some outdoor activities such as golf and tennis will also be allowed.

It will also be possible to travel - preferably by walking or cycling - for recreation, although people will be asked to remain "where possible" within or close to their own local area.

You can read more details about Wales and Northern Ireland here:

Should I go back to work (and how will I get there)?

People who can work from home in England should continue to do so "for the foreseeable future".

But the government says those who can't, should travel to their workplace if it is open - and walk, cycle or drive if at all possible, to prevent overcrowding on public transport.

Those who do use buses or trains are being told to expect social-distance queuing and to wear face coverings.

Workplaces should be made safe for staff, with more cleaning, staggered working shifts and, for office workers, no hot-desking.

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What if I go into other people's homes to work?

If you're a cleaner or plumber, and need to enter someone else's home for your job, you are allowed to return to work.

No work should be carried out in the home of someone shielding or isolating because of Covid-19 symptoms, unless it's a household emergency.

In homes where someone is clinically vulnerable - for example, where a person is aged over 70 - face-to-face contact should be avoided, and strict hygiene rules followed.

Can I move home?

House moves and viewings can resume again in England.

Potential buyers and renters will be able to visit show homes and view houses on the market to let or buy.

Anyone who has already bought a new home can visit it to prepare for moving in.

What about childminders, nannies and nurseries?

Childminders and nannies in England have now been told they can return to work - but only if they're caring for youngsters who come from the same household.

During lockdown, registered childminders have either been closed or providing care for vulnerable children or children of key workers.

The government has said it would like pre-school nurseries in England to start reopening from 1 June.

When will schools and universities return?

The government's ambition is for all primary school children in England to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible.

It hopes that pupils in Reception and Years 1 and 6 will return from 1 June, but teachers' unions are calling for scientific evidence that schools will be safe to reopen.

Class sizes are expected to be no more than 15 pupils, with staggered breaks and frequent hand washing.

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The government says secondary schools and further education colleges should prepare for face-to-face contact with Year 10 and 12 pupils who have key exams next year, in addition to their "continued remote, home learning".

Meanwhile, there is uncertainty over whether students will be able to go to university in person in September or whether they will be taught partially or completely online. The university watchdog says new students must be told with "absolute clarity" how they will be taught before accepting a place.

When can I go High Street shopping again?

All non-essential retailers - from department stores to small independent shops - can reopen in England from 15 June, if they put in place social distancing measures.

And outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, if they are "Covid secure".

But the government has said these dates could change if coronavirus infection rates increase.

Garden centres have already reopened in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

But a decision is still awaited in Scotland.

DIY chains - some of which stayed open throughout the lockdown - have also reopened many of their shops.

What about hairdressers, pubs and cafes?

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, cinemas and places of worship will open from 4 July at the earliest, as long as they can meet social distancing measures.

However, indoor public spaces such as beauty salons, where social distancing may be difficult, could reopen ''significantly later", depending on when the rate of infection goes down.

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What about flying into and out of the UK?

The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential journeys, and the government has now said a two-week quarantine period for people arriving in the UK will be introduced "as soon as possible".

There will be some exemptions for people arriving from the Republic of Ireland as part of the Common Travel Area.

If international travellers cannot say where they plan to self-isolate for 14 days, they will have to do so in accommodation arranged by the government.

All passengers are advised to remain 2m (6ft) apart wherever possible. They should also consider wearing gloves and a face covering - which some UK airports and airlines have made compulsory.

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