Moving out of lockdown: A 4-step roadmap
From 8 March, lockdown restrictions will start to lift in accordance with the government’s 4-step roadmap. All the dates in the roadmap are indicative and subject to change. Only when the government is sure that it is safe to move from one step to the next will the final decision be made.
Step 1. 8th March 2021
Phased return of schools
Two adults can socialise outdoors in a public place, not just for exercise
Step 1. 29th March 2021
Rule of 6 reintroduced with the ability to meet in private gardens (no restriction of numbers if just 2 households)
Restrictions on travel lifted, day trips can resume but accommodation to remain closed
Outside sports such as tennis and golf to make a return as well as organised sport including football and rugby
Step 2. Not before 12th April 2021
Non-essential retail to re-open, including hairdressers, nail salons, gyms alongside outdoor areas in hospitality venues
Pubs to re-open but only allowed to serve outdoors in beer gardens etc.
Libraries, museums, zoos and theme parks allowed to re-open
Self-contained accommodation such as air bnbs allowed to reopen (same household only)
Step 3. Not before 17th May 2021
All pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs allowed to re-open
Cinemas to re-open alongside other indoor entertainment such as children’s play areas
Sports stadiums to welcome back fans at 25% capacity, indoor arenas to open at 50% capacity (or 1,000 people)
Most social contact restrictions outdoors removed
Households can mix indoors
Weddings, funerals, wake and wedding receptions for up to 30 people permitted
Step 4. Not before 21st June 2021
All limits on social contact removed
The COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 update provides more detailed information on the roadmap and how it will impact you.