What key changes have been made to England's coronavirus restrictions?

England lockdown changes

Boris Johnson has announced the next steps in his government's "road map" to recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

At a Downing Street briefing on Friday, the Prime Minister adjusted a host of lockdown restrictions in England.

Here are the five key changes and the timescales involved:

Working from home

From August 1 bosses will determine if their employees come into the workplace rather than work from home.

Will you stay at home or return to the office? Credit: PA

The government will no longer "decide" on where staff should be working, Boris Johnson has said.

Instead employers will have "more discretion" to make that decision, so long as workplaces are deemed "Covid-secure" in line with Health and Safety guidance such as social distancing measures.

Indoor live performances

Also from August 1 indoor live performances will be able to recommence, provided venues can adhere to social distancing measures.

It gives the go-ahead for the return of theatre, music, dance, and performance.

London's theatre district has fallen silent since the outbreak began. Credit: PA

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it will be working with the sector on pilots of performances.

Parts of the industry have welcomed the move, but others say it is not financially viable for many areas of the sector to reopen while social distancing measures - that limit venue capacity - have to be maintained.

The government has pledged a rescue package of more than £1.5bn for arts organisations.

Trials will begin of larger gatherings in places like sports stadiums. Credit: PA

Crowds at sporting events

Crowds could be able to return to sports stadiums in England from October, following trials beginning from August 1.

Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing: "We will pilot larger gatherings in venues such as sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn".

All professional sport has been played behind closed doors as lockdown gradually eased in England.

Premier League and Test cricket have been among the events returning to empty stadiums.

It will become mandatory for shoppers to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces as of July 24. Credit: Ben Stansall/PA

Local lockdowns

From 18 July local authorities will have greater powers to impose lockdown restrictions in their areas.

The move will allow for "targeted local action" Number 10 has said, aiming at combatting local outbreaks of Covid-19.

Local authorities will now be able to close specific premises, shut outdoor spaces and cancel events.

Public transport

Advice to avoid public transport in England has been scrapped with immediate effect.

Face coverings remain mandatory, however. The measure was brought into force from 15 June and will be extended to shops from July 24.

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