Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s 4-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.
For full details see GOV.UK guidance COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.
Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
Step 2: No earlier than 12 April
- At least 5 weeks after Step 1
- As previous step
- Rule of 6 or 2 households outdoors
- Household only indoors
Business and activities
- All retail
- Personal care
- Libraries and community centres
- Most outdoor attractions
- Indoor leisure inc gyms (individual use only)
- Self-contained accommodation
- All children’s activities
- Outdoor hospitality
- Indoor parent and child groups (max 15 people, excluding under 5s)
- Domestic overnight stays (household only)
- No international holidays
- Funerals (30)
- Weddings, wakes, receptions (15)
- Event pilots
For support and more information visit: gov.uk/coronavirus.