Quiz: how well do you understand the UK’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions?

With different regulations applying in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, test yourself on the current restrictions

A ‘Stay Safe 2 metres’ sign on the pavement in Oldham town centre in Greater Manchester

A Stay Safe 2 metres sign on the pavement in Oldham town centre in Greater Manchester.
Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

After a University College London study recently suggested that confidence in understanding coronavirus lockdown restrictions varies greatly across the UK and has dropped significantly since the early days of the measures in March, we thought we’d test you on what you know. The regulations vary across the nations and regions of the UK, and yesterday the prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced that a raft of relaxation measures intended in England were to be scrapped. So how many of the changes to the country’s coronavirus guidelines have you taken in? Have a go at our quiz and see…

Should vulnerable people still be ‘shielding’ at home in England from 1 August, according to government advice?
The government postponed plans to relax some restrictions from 1 August for at least a fortnight. When they are relaxed – which the government says it hopes will be on 15 August – how many people will you be able to have at a sit-down meal for a wedding reception in England?

"A socially-distanced wedding in Liverpool"
The government is now recommending that face coverings are worn in museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship in England. From what date has the prime minister said this will be enforceable by law?
In Wales, two households are able to join together to form an extended household, to allow families or close friends who have been separated to reconnect. What is the maximum number of people that can legally be in an “extended household”?
Can a household in Wales form an “extended household” with a household over the border in England?
As of 31 July, you could travel from one of these countries to England and not self-isolate on arrival. Which one?

"Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London"
In Scotland, since 10 July, you have been able to meet in groups of up to 15 people outdoors. But from a maximum number of how many households?
Indoor meetings have a different requirement from outdoor meetings in Scotland. You can meet up to eight people in an indoor setting. From how many households?
When does the UK government say it hopes to be able to bring back attendance at stadium events in England?

"Manchester United's David de Gea in an empty Wembley Stadium"
How many people are allowed to meet outdoors in Northern Ireland – provided they maintain physical distancing?
When can cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants reopen in Leicester?
Children under what age are exempt from wearing mandatory face coverings on public transport in Scotland?

"A boy wears a face mask on a bus during the coronavirus crisis"
If you live in one of the areas affected by new local lockdown restrictions in Greater Manchester, Lancashire or West Yorkshire, can people from outside the restriction area visit you at your house?
Under government guidelines, only one of these businesses is allowed to be open by law in England at the moment. Which one?

  • Thank you for doing the quiz, and we hope you found it informative about the different and sometimes inconsistent regulations applying across the whole of the UK. The questions and answer were based on information retrieved on 31 July from the websites of the UK government (1, 2, 3), Scottish government (1, 2), Welsh government (1), Northern Ireland executive (1) and Leicester City Council (1). If you believe there is an egregious error please email martin.belam@theguardian.com