Step by Step: How England's Covid lockdown will be lifted.
Steps will be reviewed within 5 week gaps with four tests having to be met on vaccines, infection rates and coronavirus variants to enable a move to the next step.
At least 1 week notice will be given before moving to the next step.
· 8 March - all schools reopen with outdoor after school sports and activities allowed. Recreation in an outdoor public space - ie parks will be allowed between 2 people (picnics, sitting for coffee etc) · From 29 March - outdoor gatherings of either 2 households or six people will be allowed (including in private gardens.) · Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football will return · People will no longer be legally required to stay at home - but people should continue to work from home where they can and minimise all non-essential travel
· No earlier than 12 April with an announce at least 7 days in advance - providing the four tests on vaccines, infection rates and coronavirus varients are met:
o Non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons can reopen o Public buildings (libraries, museums) o Outdoor settings like alchohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks can reopen o Outdoor pubs and restaurant spaces can reopen with no curfew and no need for a substantial meal to purchase alcohol o Indoor leisure (pools and gyms) can reopen o Self-contained holiday accommodation, self-catering and camp sites can reopen o Wider social contact rules would continue to apply in all settings - meaning no indoor mixing between different households
· No earlier than 17 May · Most restrictions on number of people meeting outdoors will be lifted subject to number of 30 people · Can meet indoors with no more than 6 people or 2 households · Pubs and restaurants can reopen indoors · Cinemas, hotels, hostels, children’s play areas, B&Bs, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums will be able to reopen (some dependant on capacity numbers) · Piloting large events with enhanced testing
· No earlier than 21 June · Aim to remove all legal limits on social contacts · Open everything up to and including night clubs
Guidance on social distancing and wearing of face masks will continue to be reviewed
A second review will be undertaken on international travel - with guidance by 21 April to enable people to plan for travel
A further review will take place for the safe return of major events