Saturday 15 May 2021

Coronavirus Restrictions in England ~ Changes from 17 May 2021

This post has been retained for historical purposes. The law changed with effect from 19 July 2021 - see post of 16 July 2021.

Steps Regulations:

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 - SI 2021/364 ("Steps Regulations") - have been amended to move England from the Step 2 area to the Step 3 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 3 to the Steps Regulations apply in England from 17 May 2021.

The amendment was achieved by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - (SI: 2021/585).

Certain other legislation has been amended in addition to amendment of the Steps Regulations.

The Cabinet Office has published a useful summary of the changes - Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

Update June 2021:

The Steps Regulations will continue in force until 18 July 2021 - The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2021 - SI: 2021/705.


The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 - (SI: 2021.582) also came into force on 17 May. These Regulations consolidate the regulations relating to international travel. This is explained in this Explanatory Memorandum where it was noted that The Health Protrection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 8 June 2020 but those Regulations had been amended more than 50 times and had (approximately) tripled in length between June 2020 and May 2021.

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