Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March, restrictions started to be lifted and the government’s four-step roadmap offers a route back to a more normal life.
The government announced this plan to end Covid-19 restrictions in the summer, reliant on meeting four main criteria. An overview of the plan and the conditions is as follows:
Key dates for easing the lockdown
Step one: 8 March
Schools open. Outdoor after-school sports allowed. Testing in schools, colleges and nurseries
Two people allowed to sit together outdoors.
Care home residents allowed one regular visitor.
Six people or two households allowed to meet outdoors.
Outdoor sports facilities open, organised sport allowed.
Travel outside local area allowed
Step two: 12 April*
Non-essential retail and personal care open.
Hospitality outdoors open.
Indoor leisure eg gyms, swimming plools open.
Step three: 17 May*
Outdoors most social contact rules lifted.
Six people or two households can meet indoors.
Indoor hospitality and hotels open.
Step four: 21 June*
All legal limited on social contact removed.
Hope to reopen final closed sectors of the economy.
* Earliest possible date
Four conditions for lockdown easing
- Vaccine programme continues to go to plan.
- Evidence shows vaccines are reducing deaths and numbers requiring hospital treatment.
- Infection rates do not risk surge in hospital admissions
- New variants do not change the risk of lifting restrictions.