'Freedom Day' - the date when all legal limits on social contact were due to be lifted - has been delayed until July 19 at the earliest.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be a review after two weeks and he was "confident" the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks.
However, he told a Downing Street press conference he could not rule out the possibility the date could be pushed back further.
But certain changes will come into force from Monday, June 21, as life for many takes another small step towards getting back to normal.
So what can and can't we do from June 21?
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5. Meeting family and friends outdoors
Step three already allows outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people. While social distancing recommendations still apply, they are not the law, and people are able to use their individual judgement. Boris Johnson suggested people may wish to continue social distancing after July 19.
6. Work and travel
Working from home where possible continues to be advised. If you are heading into the office, face masks remain compulsory on public transport and in taxis unless an exemption badge is worn.
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7. Large events pilots from June 21
Outdoor stadiums are currently limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 10,000 fans. But allowances have been made for the very pinnacle of sporting competition this summer. There will be 45,000 fans in attendance at Wembley for the climax of Euro 2020 while Wimbledon’s Centre Court will play host to a full house for both men’s and women’s finals.
8. Face coverings
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law.
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