New freedoms you can enjoy from Monday as lockdown eases

The silent streets of lockdown are already being replaced by socially-distanced beer gardens and picnics – and this coming week will bring many more changes.

The government is continuing with its programme of easing lockdown in England, although stricter rules remain in place in Scotland and Wales.

Companies are also responding to the relaxation, with holiday parks and restaurants alike preparing to reopen.

But the most significant change for the most vulnerable is a change in the government's advice to those shielding – although it's up to the vulnerable person themselves whether they wish to unwind their own lockdown measures.

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And one thing that doesn't change at all in terms of the government's advice is the rule of social distancing – whether going out to the pub, planning a holiday or seeing friends, people are urged to try to stay apart from other households and meet outdoors where possible.

Here are the changes coming in this week and how they could affect you:

Go on holiday

Haven Holiday Parks is reopening its parks from Monday, July 6 with a new type of break known as a "Have Hideaway ".

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The breaks will offer guests a holiday home, takeaway food options and open beaches – but without access to the pool, restaurants and entertainment.

Go to more restaurants

Although restaurants could open on Saturday, July 4, some have chosen to open their doors during the weekday instead.

One of those is Liverpool favourite Mowgli, which opens on Monday.

For the latest update on restaurants opening, keep an eye on the What's On page here.

Socialising if you're shielding

From 6 July, the government will be advising that the clinically extremely vulnerable that they may, if they wish, meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing.

Those shielding also no longer need to social distance from members of their own household, and if they live alone they may join a "support bubble" with one other household.

All other current shielding advice remains unchanged.

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Go abroad

The government has said it will relax the ban on non-essential overseas travel from July 6.

However, the pace at which overseas travel could become an option again still remains unclear – the latest is that from Thursday, July 10, the strict quarantine rule will not apply to people arriving back in England from certain countries. These include Greece, Spain, Turkey and France – read the full list here.