Coronavirus Guidance

As of 19th July 2021, England is in Step 4 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown. To find the full set of guidance to what you can and cannot do in Step 4 go here. 

On this page, you’ll find information related to the coronavirus pandemic and relevant national measures which will affect any planned visit to Southampton. Given the fast-changing nature of the current situation, the information on this page may change at any time. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (caused by coronavirus) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. If you are unsure of what COVID-19 is or need medical advice please go to the NHS page here. If you think you may have any of the symptoms please call 111.

What's open in Southampton?

As of 19th July 2021, all businesses, including nightclub are able to reopen providing they follow the latest Government guidance. This includes:

  • Retail shops 
  • Hospitality businesses: nightclubs, pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants
  • Health & beauty businesses: hairdressers, tattooists, beauty salons and gyms
  • Accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, self-catering 
  • Cultural venues: theatres, galleries, museums, concert halls, music venues
  • Leisure businesses: Cinemas, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, arcades 

Hospitality venues

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All restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs can open with no capacity limits meaning they can seat more people inside and outside. Some businesses may ask you to sign in using the NHS Test & Trace app and continue with social distancing measures. 


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Events can resume across the country, in both indoor and outdoor settings. Some events may use the NHS Covid Pass (as Government guidance advises) whilst some may ask you to sign in via the NHS Test & Trace App. Please check the policies at each event before booking and we recommend you take your face covering and hand sanitiser to events in case you need them.

Wearing face coverings

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From 19th July, it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, however, some businesses may ask you to wear your face covering (unless exempt) when moving around the venue or in a busy place i.e when moving around a restaurant or in a shopping centre on a busy day. Members of staff may also choose to wear face coverings to help keep themselves and others safe.

Social distancing


From 19th July all remaining rules on social distancing will be lifted. However, the Government advise thinking about limiting contact with others and think about how you interact with those who you do not usually spend time with, i.e people in a shop or cinema. Please remember the risk of close contact may be greater for some more than others. You can read more information on the changes in Step 4 here.

Getting tested

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Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you. Rapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities. You can also order tests to be delivered to your house. Find out more and order your tests here. 

Please remember, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should continue to get a PCR test - book one here. 

Getting Here / Getting Around

Please note from 19th July it is not mandatory to wear face coverings on any form of public transport, but Government advises and expect people to wear one in crowded areas (unless exempt for medical reasons). In terms of operators serving Southampton, please see links below for some specific updates:


South Western Railway

Southern Rail


Great Western Railway

Bus & Coach Travel

National Express 


First Southampton

Xela Bus


Southampton Airport ­

Ferry & Crusie

Red Funnel Ferries

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Cruise Travel - the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential travel abroad, including cruises, until further notice. If your planned cruise is essential travel please contact your cruise line to check if you can still travel.

Business Information

If you are a business in Southampton and need information head to our GO! Southampton COVID-19 page for businesses support and guidance. 

You can also find the latest guidance and support for tourism businesses during COVID-19 on the Visit England Business Advice Hub. 

*Information correct as of 19th July 2021*

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