Information about the current lockdown and plans to ease these restrictions with the government's 4-step plan.
This page was last updated at 5pm on Friday, 27 August. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
4-step plan for easing lockdown
8 March and 29 March
You can meet up outside with people in groups of a maximum of 6 people from different households OR you can meet in groups of more than 6 but only where it is from 2 households.
Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, this includes tennis, basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools. Formally organised outdoor sports will be allowed too. No indoor sports.
The ‘Stay at Home’ rule ends - but you continue to minimise travel and stay local where possible.
Parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees (children under 5 years of age do not count towards the attendee limit).
Monday, 12 April
All shops can open.
Restaurants and pubs can open for outdoor table service.
You can stay away overnight in England with people in your household in self-contained accommodation (no shared facilities). No international travel.
Gyms and spas can reopen for individuals and households.
Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can re-open.
Libraries and community centres can open.
Hairdressers, beauty salons and other 'close contact services' can reopen.
Children can attend indoor play activities. Up to 15 parents or guardians allowed to join them.
Wakes and weddings can be attended by 30 people.
17 May and 21 June
Every care home resident can nominate up to 5 visitors who can enter the home for regular visits. One of these can be a caregiver, who is able to visit in all circumstances, including if the care home has a COVID-19 outbreak.
Out-of-school organisations, such as Brownies, can organise domestic residential visits for up to 30 children in a consistent group. Organisers must comply with guidance on reducing risk.
Any number of people can attend weddings and other ceremonial events, as long as you are seated at tables of no more than 6 people.
Step 4 (Restrictions end) - ACTIVE
Monday, 19 July
All legal limits on social contact will be removed. However, while cases are high and rising it is advisable to minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts where possible, as well as meeting outside or letting fresh air circulate.
The government expects and strongly recommends that people wear face coverings (unless exempt) in crowded areas such as public transport or when requested to do so by individual businesses or settings.
You and your household must continue to self-isolate if you test positive or develop symptoms, for 10 days from the date of the test or first symptoms. You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This remains law. As of 19 July, a limited number of critical workers may be informed by their employer, following government advice, to leave self-isolation to attend work.
Any number of people can attend weddings and other ceremonial or life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow government guidance to reduce risk and protect yourself and others. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild, should not attend.
Whilst government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, they would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer to minimise risk.
All remaining closed businesses such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are now able to open.
Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules. You are advised to continue checking in to a venue using the NHS COVID-19 app.
All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have been lifted. Larger venues and events will be encouraged to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
There is a traffic light system in place for international travel. You should not travel to countries or territories on the red or amber lists. Fully-vaccinated people returning to England from most amber list countries will not need to quarantine.
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