After the announcement on the 22nd of February, the UK has been on a roadmap out of lockdown restrictions.
Part one of the initial step to get back to normal life took place on the 8th March, which saw:
- Schools went back to face-to-face learning. A mass testing programme began for students and teachers to ensure a safe return to learning.
- Care homes allowed one regular visitor, who must be tested for coronavirus beforehand.
- Outdoor mixing with one person from a different household, outside of exercising, allowed.
From today (March 29th), further rules are expected to be relaxed, completing part 2 of step 1. After nearly 4 months of no social contact, many will welcome this milestone with much excitement as the restrictions on meeting friends and family relaxes.
What rules will change?
- Rule of 6 applied for outdoor meetings.
People will be allowed to meet up to 6 people, from 2 households outdoors - this includes private gardens.
- The "stay at home" rule ends.
People have been told to “stay local” and "minimise travel wherever possible" with holidays still off the cards.
- Outdoor sports facilities reopen.
Sports facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools are to reopen.
The next step for the PM’s plan to get us out of lockdown starts at the earliest on the 12th of April and will see the only awaited opening of gyms, non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality.
For the full government guidance, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary#step-1---8-and-29-march