Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?

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All the UK's rules requiring people to wear masks in indoor spaces like shops and restaurants have come to an end.

But guidance remains in place for some settings.

What is the guidance in Scotland?

Scotland's legal restrictions on face coverings have come to an end - but the Scottish government says it strongly recommends wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.

People with symptoms are no longer being asked to take a PCR test - they're now advised to stay at home while they're unwell.

Testing for the general population has ended.

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What is the guidance in Wales?

Masks are no longer required in shops or on public transport - although they are recommended - but they remain compulsory in health and social care settings.

The legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they have Covid has also ended - although doing so is strongly advised.

Wales will maintain free lateral flow tests (LFTs) until the end of July.

What is the guidance in England?

In England, the government suggests wearing a mask in "crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet".

Patients are no longer required to wear masks in NHS hospitals, GP surgeries and emergency departments, unless they have suspected or confirmed Covid infection. The exact interpretation of the rules also depends on the local risk assessments.

If you test positive for Covid you are no longer legally required to self-isolate, but you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.

What is the guidance in Northern Ireland?

The government recommends that face masks are still worn in certain places, such as enclosed public spaces and health and social care settings.

People with Covid symptoms are advised to get tested and self-isolate.