Mixing and 'bubbles' will end on Monday 19 July. As part of step 4 of the roadmap, it will no longer be necessary to keep children in consistent groups ('bubbles').
This means that bubbles will not be used for things like summer schools, or in schools from the autumn term. Some schools may continue using bubbles until the end of the summer term.
School assemblies can restart, and you no longer need to avoid mixing at lunch.
Pupils, staff and visitors will not be advised to wear face coverings in either classrooms or in communal areas.
Face coverings are no longer recommended to be worn on dedicated transport to school or college and are no longer legally required on public transport.
School attendance is compulsory for all school-age pupils who are not home-schooled.
Isolation and Contact Tracing
Children under 18 will no longer need to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advised to take a PCR test. We would strongly encourage everyone to take a PCR test if advised to do so. Anyone who tests positive will still be required to self-isolate
Early years settings, schools and colleges will need to carry out contact tracing only up until 19 July. From then onwards, close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace.
If there is a local outbreak at an early years setting, school or college, some control measures may be temporarily reintroduced.