England: new local restrictions from 31 July

Last updated: 31 July 2020

The UK government has announced renewed restrictions which apply in the following parts of England:

  • the whole of Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire including Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and parts of West Yorkshire including Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.
  • The same restrictions will also apply to Leicester.
  • What do the restrictions mean?

    People living in the affected areas should not:

    • meet others they do not live with inside a private home or garden, except within an established support bubble or ‘for other limited exceptions to be specified by law;
    • visit other people’s home or garden even if outside the affected areas;
    • socialise with people they do not live with in a variety of indoor public settings. You may attend places of worship where COVID-19 secure guidance applies, but social distancing from people outside your household must be observed.

    What about businesses and work?

    People can travel in and out of the affected areas for work. Workplaces must implement COVID-19 secure guidance.

    The guidance says that people can still come inside others’ homes when they are doing so as part of their jobs.

    It does not seem unreasonable in these circumstances to conclude that face-to-face private music teaching from your home can continue, but you must do all you can to make your practice and your physical space COVID secure. We are seeking clarification on this point and will update this guidance accordingly. Please see our health and safety guidance for private teachers and information on risk assessments.