Roadmap for coming out of lockdown? Key dates and rule changes
All school and college students in all year groups can go back to the classroom from 8 March, with outdoor after-school sports and activities also allowed to restart.
The Good old “rule of six” will be back, along with a new two-household rule.
This will allow either six people from a maximum of six separate households to meet in outdoor settings such as parks and private gardens, or a maximum of two households, regardless of the number of people.
This means friends and family members will be able to sit down for a coffee or have a picnic in the park, something not currently allowed under lockdown.
Care home residents will be allowed a single visitor from this date, with visitors required to take a test and wear ppe.
No earlier than 17 May:
Gatherings of up to 30 people at this point. However, the rule of six and two-household rule will apply indoors as people are allowed to meet inside for the first time in months.
Pubs and restaurants will reopen indoors, as will cinemas, children’s play areas, hotels and B&Bs.
Some large events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events.
Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50 per cent or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
The government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25 per cent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.
Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events, including wakes. A broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
No earlier than 21 June: All legal limits on social contact will be lifted from 21 June at the earliest.
Once social-distancing is completely eased, nightclubs should be able to reopen, hopefully pubs as well and restrictions on events and live performances, including weddings, will finally being lifted.
However there are four conditions to be met.
The timetable for lifting restrictions will be subject to four tests at each stage of easing measures, including the success of the vaccination rollout, the effectiveness of the vaccination programme at reducing hospital admissions and deaths, infection rates and the impact of any new coronavirus variants.
The government will also conduct four reviews, including looking at coronavirus status certificates to allow people to prove if they have had a vaccine or negative test result, pilots of large events, international travel, and the withdrawal of social distancing measures and face masks.