From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.
The decision on easing lockdown restrictions will be based on four tests:
- the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
- evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
- infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- Government assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
From 29th March 2021 England will move into Step 1 into the Governments roadmap out of Covid 19. There are a number of restrictions that are being eased which include:
Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
The rule of 6 is to establish 5 other individuals or 2 households as your 'bubble'. This will mean once you are in a bubble with 5 others or another household you should stay within those. Therefore you should not meet with 5 people one day and 5 other people another.
Business and activities
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
You will be able to view the Goverments roadmap out of lockdown here.