All the new changes to lockdown you need to know this week

A number of significant changes were made to lockdown restrictions during the latest daily coronavirus briefing.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson addressed the nation with great news for families and the retail sector that will come into play this week.

New arrangements mean that some family members will be able to reunite and the economy will begin to return to normal with the reopening of thousands of shops across the country.

The Prime Minister was keen to clarify that the new guidelines and restrictions only applied to England as the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would be setting their own time frame over the coming weeks.

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As the restrictions change from Saturday, here is everything you need to know.

Expansion of social bubbles

Boris Johnson has said that from Saturday, June 13, single-adult households in England will be able to form a "support bubble" with another household.

The Prime Minister told the daily No 10 briefing that all those in a bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household.

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The new arrangement – covering adults living alone and single parents living with children under 18 – will mean they can effectively act as a single household.

They will be able to spend time inside each other's homes and will not have to observe the two-metre social distancing rule.

He said: "Support bubbles must be exclusive, meaning you can't switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with other households."

Non-essential shops can reopen

Non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen from Monday if they comply with social distancing rules.

Business secretary Alok Sharma announced during the daily press briefing on Tuesday that the government was pushing forward with its plans to reopen certain retail outlets from June 15.

Castle Street ahead of the city centre reopening.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

He told the briefing: "I can confirm today that retail outlets which have been required to be closed will be able to open their doors again from Monday June 15 so long as they comply with the Covid-secure guidelines we published on May 25."

Non-essential retail shops which can open from Monday include (but are not limited to):

Clothes shops, shoe shops, toy shops, furniture shops, bookshops, electronics, tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets.

Shops are expected to have carried out a risk assessment, overseen by local authority staff and the Health and Safety Executive.

As well as informing all employees about the assessment's findings, companies with more than 50 employees will be expected to publish the results on their website.

Zoos and safari parks can reopen

Zoos and other outdoors attractions have been given the green light to open their doors from June 15 in the latest lockdown easing.

The advice came after many zoos had warned the government they faced permanent closure if they were not allowed to reopen soon to visitors who provide their income.

Attractions will not be allowed to reopen indoor exhibitions, such as reptile houses, and must ensure amenities including cafes are takeaway only.

They will also be required to introduce social distancing measures such as strict limited capacity, one-way routes and increased hand-washing facilities.

Lions inside Knowsley Safari Park.

Other outdoor attractions that will be able to open their doors under the new guidelines include ones where visitors remain in their cars, for example safari parks and outdoor cinemas.

Compulsory face masks

New guidelines on when wearing a face covering is compulsory come intro force From June 15, anyone using public transport in England will be required to wear a face covering.

All hospital visitors and outpatients will also need to wear face coverings, and hospital staff must use surgical masks as of June 15.

There will be exemptions to the rules for very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.

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Face coverings are not the same as the face masks worn by hospital staff.

Coverings can be made from scarves, bandanas or other fabric items, so long as they cover the mouth and nose.

Face coverings should also be washed with detergent after every use.

The government advises that face coverings should be worn in any situation where social distancing can not be maintained.

Several airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair have also introduced a requirement for passengers to wear face coverings.

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Places of worship can open for private prayer

Churches and other places of worship are set to open for private prayer from June 15.

Individuals will be able to "reflect and pray" while adhering to social-distancing rules – but worship groups, weddings and other services will still not be permitted.

Communal prayer will not be permitted until July 4 at the earliest, the government has said.

Secondary schools can start reopening

Secondary schools and colleges in England are being asked to start providing face-to-face support to Year 10 and 12 pupils, as well as 16 to 19-year-old students who are due to take key exams next year, from June 15.

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However, only a quarter of pupils will be able to attend at any one time in order to limit the risk of transmission.

GCSE and A-level exams are expected to go ahead as normal next year, the education secretary has said.

Primary schools are already being encouraged to reopen to more pupils – but a number of councils have advised schools to delay reopening more widely.