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Restriction-lifting roadmap revealed


Prime minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his ‘roadmap’ for easing lockdown restrictions.

The current ‘stay at home’ rules will gradually be lifted across the nation as a whole, as long as certain conditions are met – including the vaccine rollout going to plan.

The aim is for all restrictions to be lifted by 21st June (at the earliest) if all goes to plan.



This in two parts:

From 8th March:

  • All schools and colleges to reopen
  • University students to return for practical courses (and a review by the end of the Easter holidays for all other students)
  • Face coverings are recommended for secondary school students and also for parents and staff in primary schools
  • Wraparound childcare can also return for vulnerable pupils and where it’s required for parents or carers to go to work
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation – for example, this includes having a coffee on a bench
  • One nominated person can visit someone in a care home – they will require PPE, a lateral flow test and must keep physical contact to a minimum
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances

From 29th March:

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or with the ‘rule of six’ and this includes meeting in private gardens
  • Stay at home rule will end – but people should stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen – including tennis and basketball courts
  • Organised outdoor sports can restart
  • Parent and child groups allowed, but capped at 15 and must be outdoors.
  • Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and when parents need to go to work



No earlier than 12th April:

  • All shops can reopen
  • Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol (rule for substantial meal scrapped)
  • Gyms and spas can reopen for individuals and households
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other ‘close contact services’ can reopen
  • UK holidays (staycations) permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household
  • Children can attend indoor play centres, with up to 15 parents/guardians to join them
  • Zoos, theme parks and drive-in outdoor cinemas can reopen
  • Libraries and community centres can reopen
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place



No earlier than 17th May:

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Up to 30 people can meet to celebrate weddings, christenings, etc
  • Outdoor entertainment – such as outdoor theatre and cinema – can open
  • Indoor entertainment – such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas – can open
  • Hotels can reopen to household groups
  • Performances and large events can resume, with some limits.
  • Indoor events will be at half capacity or 1,000 people – whichever is lower
  • Outdoor events will be at half capacity or 4,000 people – whichever is lower
  • For large venues (40,000+ capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend
  • International travel can resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can start again



No earlier than 21st June:

  • All legal limits on social contact removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and other life events
  • From April, measures such as enhanced testing could allow large groups to attend certain events without social distancing
  • Nightclubs and theatres to reopen





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