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Government's Plans For Coming Out Of Lockdown

28 February 2021

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England still remains under national restrictions. You must continue to stay at home, work from home where possible and follow the government guidance, but from 8 March 2021, the government’s first phase of step one lockdown easing will begin:

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This will mean:

  • All schools and colleges across England will re-open along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses will remain online. Secondary school and college students will be required to wear masks in class and communal areas
  • Outdoor after-school sports and activities will be able to take place
  • Recreational activities in public spaces, such as a park, will also be allowed. This can be between two people from different households, or between one household and one other person, meaning they can sit down for a drink or picnic outdoors
  • You can continue to exercise with one other person outdoors.
  • All care home residents in England will be able to have one regular visitor with whom they can hold hands with
  • Up to 30 people can attend a burial outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained
  • Six people can attend a wake and weddings with up to six attendees - these can take place in exceptional circumstances only

From 29 March 2021, the second phase of step one of lockdown easing will begin

This will mean: 

  • The rule of six (groups of six or less) or two households can meet outdoors. Households must not mix indoors.
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities will open
  • Organised outdoor sport will be allowed (for children and adults) 
  • Travel should be minimised. Holidays will not be permitted. 
  • Outdoor parent and child groups can take place (up to 15 parents)  

You can find out more about the government’s roadmap and the planned steps here.

Step 2 - No earlier than 12 April

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These places can open:  

  • All retail
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons 
  • Public buildings like libraries, community centres and museums.
  • Outdoor hospitality like alcohol takeaways, and beer gardens
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.
  • Wakes, weddings and receptions of up to 15 people will be permitted.

Step 3 No earlier than 17 May

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  • Two households can mix indoors.
  • You can stay overnight in somebody's home.
  • 30 people can mix outdoors.
  • The rule of six will be applied in hospitality settings like pubs.
  • Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events will reopen - with social distancing required.
  • Indoor events of up to 1,000 or 50% can take place.
  • Indoor events of up to 4,000 or 50% can take place.
  • Up to 10,000 spectators will be able to attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums.
  • Most significant life events like weddings, funerals, receptions, wakes and christenings will be allowed with up to 30 people.

Step 4 No earlier than 21 June 

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  • There will be no remaining legal limits on social contact
  • Nightclubs will reopen
  • There will no legal limit on attendance at large events and life events
The roadmap is explained in more detail in this video