Big weddings will return from next Monday as the cap on attendees is to end, Boris Johnson has announced.
The final stage of England's reopening from lockdown will be delayed by four weeks after fears the NHS could be overwhelmed by the new wave of Covid-19.
The Prime Minister said the restrictions that were due to lift on June 21 will now not end until July 19, by which time he is "confident" they can be lifted fully, amid growing alarm at the spread of the Delta variant, first found in India.
It means social distancing rules will remain for now as well as wearing face masks and sitting in groups of no more than six inside and 30 outside.
But there are some exemptions. The 30-person attendee limit on weddings is to lift, with venues given their own capacity limits.
When the Government set out its roadmap in February, the Prime Minister said the release dates would go ahead so long as four tests were met.
Sarah Knapton assesses how close the UK is to "freedom day" for our Covid lockdown release.
It comes as a major study has shown vaccines provide strong protection against being hospitalised with the Indian or delta Covid variant, although the risk of being admitted to hospital is doubled for people catching the Indian mutation.
UK's tallest MP blames height for anger against staff
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Scotland lose opener as Schick scores from 50 yards
Two goals from Patrik Schick - including the goal of Euro 2020 so far from near the halfway line - meant it was a disappointing return to tournament football for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic. Read our match report and follow the latest from Poland v Slovakia live here. Scotland's clash against England on Friday night is now all the more vital but Jamie Carragher reckons the Auld Enemy have changed their attitude to captain Harry Kane who must accept he is no longer one of England's untouchables. It has been a superb start to the tournament on the pitch and Des Lynam gives his verdict on the TV coverage.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
Scottish timetable | Unlocking may be pushed back to September
Hospitals overwhelmed | Delta variant fuels increase in global cases
Travel latest | Australia to keep borders closed to UK for forseeable
Is it a cold or Covid? | How to tell the difference as symptoms change
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
China dominates | Nato's secretary general called for more investment in defence to counter China's rising military strength ahead of the Brussels summit today. The security threat posed by China is set to dominate the 31st formal Nato summit, which Boris Johnson is attending.
Peter Phillips | Queen's grandson reaches divorce settlement
Brexit trade war | Supermarkets in NI invincible in face sausage war
Martin Bashir | BBC knew he had faked documents, and re-hired him
Madeleine McCann | German suspect brands police probe a 'scandal'
39 wives and 94 children | Head of world's 'largest family' dies
Around the world: Uyghurs coerced into unpaid work
Yerzhan Kurman was relieved to be released after nine months in a 're-education camp' in China's Xinjiang region. But within days of his release, he was sent to work 12-hour shifts in a garment factory, where managers demanded he produce 200 pairs of gloves a day. Sophia Yan reveals how China has forced Xinjiang Muslims into slavery. If you want more in-depth world news, try our new Dispatches newsletter.
Martin Lewis: 'I wish Boris Johnson was scammed as much as me'
The money-saving expert turned mental health campaigner tells Adam Williams about the generation of freelancers and entrepreneurs "slung on to the scrapheap" and practising what he preaches
Comment and analysis
Matthew Lynn | Time to start preparing for No Deal 2.0
Geoffrey Boycott | If our coaches can't teach youngsters to bat, I will
GB News launch, review | Message loud and clear – but the breakfast show bombs
Marriage Dairies | My husband can't stand my interest in my best friend's sex life
Business and money briefing
'Lightbulb moment' | The son of refugees,Nickyl Raithatha's rapid ascent to become the boss of a £1.6bn listed company at the age of 38 is largely down to two things: a book and a retirement party. Moonpig's boss reveals why he ditched Goldman Sachs for greetings cards.
Rolls-Royce | Boss under fire for saying workforce is 'a bit too old'
Pensions and Isas | How Britain's politicians invest theirs
On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
RFU trial | Tackles above the waist will be outlawed in age-grade matches next season as part of a law trial by the Rugby Football Union that could increase offloads and radically alter the nature of the sport.
Brian Moore | Bristol and Exeter must get their heads right
Tennis comment | Djokovic will become greatest player of all time
Alan Tyers | Lampard creativity allows BBC to linger on positives
Three things for tonight
And finally... for this evening's downtime
How to tell if your partner is a narcissist | Criticising you for things you did not know you did and painting a picture of you that you do not recognise. Shouting at you then givin "the silent treatment". Emily Hill asks why women keep falling for narcissists.