Military personnel and extra testing have been deployed to stop the spread of the Indian variant.
However, hospitals in Covid hotspots are seeing a “significantly” lower death rate among people admitted for treatment and are coping with current levels of infection, the head of NHS Providers said on June 9.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of the body which represents NHS trusts, said there was a degree of confidence that vaccines have “broken” the link between infections and the “very high level of hospitalisations and mortality we’ve seen in previous waves”.
Mr Johnson said this week that data on whether vaccines offer enough protection against the Indian or “Delta” variant are still being assessed. It now seems that the ministers believe the delay will give the Government time to get more people vaccinated.
Below are the changes of the roadmap since May 17 and those that were expected on June 21, before the delay.
Since May 17, groups of up to six people and two households can meet indoors, meaning that people can now enter each other’s homes.
Hugging is allowed between close family and friends, who can choose whether or not to socially distance. However, people are being “urged to remain cautious”, and wider social distancing rules remain for adult social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.
Pubs and restaurants can open indoors and venues are allowed to serve food and drink, but hospitality guidance must be observed, such as individuals remaining seated. There are no requirements for guests to be socially distanced at tables during this stage.
The rule of six and two households rule was also introduced indoors from this date. It has been lifted outdoors, meaning people can meet in groups of up to 30 in beer gardens or when dining al fresco.
Care home visiting has been eased further, with residents able to have up to five named visitors and greater freedoms to make low risk visits outside of the establishments.
Funerals are no longer be limited to 30 mourners. Instead, the capacity is determined by how many people could be accommodated in venues such as places of worship or funeral homes while maintaining social distancing.
However, the cap of 30 people remains for weddings and other types of significant events, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
Up to 30 people can attend a support group or parent and child group. The limit does not include children under five.
Hotels and B&Bs can open, meaning small group trips are back on the cards, with up to six people or two households able to meet indoors.
Additionally, professional performances can now resume indoors. There is no official guidance on the number of performers permitted, but this is determined based on the capacity of the venue.
Indoor sports and gym classes can also open, along with entertainment venues, including cinemas and theatres. New rules are in place for different sizes of venues.
Normal outdoor events can open for up to 4,000 people or 50 per cent of the venue capacity, whichever is smaller. Similarly, normal indoor events can open for up to 1,000 people or 50 per cent capacity, again whichever is lower.
For huge outdoor seated venues, there is a special limit. Up to 10,000 attendees are allowed or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower. This means, for example, Wembley Stadium can open with 10,000 fans in attendance.
The ban on overseas holidays ended on May 17, in the first step to reviving foreign travel. It is no longer illegal to go abroad, meaning summer holidays overseas are now allowed, with a traffic light system for countries in use.
No countries will be added to the green list, dashing frontrunner Malta’s hopes of opening its holiday market to Britons. Hopes that the Balearics or Greek islands could be added have also been scuppered.
Instead, seven countries have been added to the red list, forcing anyone returning from them to quarantine in government-approved hotels at a cost of up to £1,750 per person.
Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago and Afghanistan have been added to the red list.
But, in their first ever face-to-face meeting, Mr Johnson and US President Joe Biden will announce a new joint travel task force in a concerted effort to see the return of transatlantic tourism.
The low death rate in recent weeks had led Mr Johnson to state that “nothing in the data” suggests that a third national lockdown will be implemented but local lockdowns have not been ruled out.
However, communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on June 9 that there were no plans to return to last year’s regional tiered approach to coronavirus restrictions, adding that the “best way forward” is replicating the targeted action in Bolton.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We don’t have any plan to return to the regional or the tiered approach that we saw last autumn.
“What we want to do is provide as much support as we possibly can to a local community and to work as closely as we can with the local leaders.”
Mr Hancock said the package of measures in Bolton and other areas had “seen a capping out of the increase in rate without a local lockdown, thanks to the enthusiasm of people locally and of course the vaccination programme”.
He told MPs on June 8: “That is our goal. Our goal is that England moves together, and that’s what we are putting these programmes in place to do, and we are seeing them work.”
The additional measures include surge testing, contact tracing, isolation support and efforts to maximise vaccine uptake.