- Is the Lockdown roadmap taking us down the right track?
With cases rising in Europe are we moving to quickly?
With the success of our vaccination program are we relaxing rules too slowly?
What’s already changed?
Schools and colleges have reopened, and university students can return for practical courses
Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”
Care home residents can have one nominated visitor, with testing and social distance precautions
From 29 March:
People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
Six people or two households can meet indoors
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
International leisure travel may resume
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
All legal limits on social contact will be removed
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
What are the four tests for easing restrictions?
Each stage will be a minimum of five weeks apart and four conditions must be met at each stage before proceeding to the next one:
The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying or needing hospital treatment
Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions
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