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The roadmap out of lockdown

Current lockdown restrictions apply - you must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law.

The government has set out the roadmap out of the current lockdown. The roadmap is dependent on a strategy that is informed by “data not dates”, and subjected to the following four tests:

  1. that the vaccine deployment continues successfully
  2. vaccines are effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths
  3. infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations that put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. the assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of COVID-19 that cause concern.

If the test are met the draft timetable is as follows:

From the 8 March pupils will be able to return to school, supported by twice weekly testing for secondary and college pupils. Two people can meet socially outdoors, but the clinically vulnerable are advised to continue to self-isolate until at least the end of March.

From 29 March the legal requirement to stay at home will be lifted, but many lockdown restrictions will remain in place, including working from home and minimising travel. The rule of six will be reintroduced outdoors and two families from different households will be able to meet outdoors, with some outdoor facilities opening, including tennis courts and pools.Image: Coffee shop reopen outside server wearing facemask

From 12 April non-essential retail may be able to re-open, alongside ‘close-contact services’ and gyms. Pubs and restaurants could provide an outdoor only service, and public libraries, community centres, zoos and theme parks may be able open their doors again.

From 17 May, if the conditions continue to be met, the rule of six will be lifted outdoors and replaced by a maximum gathering limit of 30, Indoor hospitality, cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events will then also restart.

By 21 June all restrictions could be lifted.

As we move through each of these phases in the roadmap, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. As we progress through the steps, we must:

  • carry on with ‘hands, face, space’;
  • comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place at different stages;
  • meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in;
  • get tested when needed;
  • get vaccinated when offered.

A short video has been produced to explain the roadmap:

Find out more about the roadmap out of lockdown at: 

Information correct at time of publication


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