Covid-19 Restrictions Update

Step 1

No earlier than 8th March

  • All schools to reopen.
  • Two people can meet outdoors in a park, including being allowed to sit down for a coffee, drink, or picnic.
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor.

No earlier than 29th March

  • Outdoor gatherings of six people or two households will be allowed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.

Step 2

  • Non-essential retail will open, including hairdressers and public buildings like libraries and museums.
  • Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks will reopen.
  • Reopening of indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites will open.
  • Weddings will be allowed up to 15 guests, and funerals will continue with up to 30 people.
  • No indoor mixing between different households.

 Step 3

No earlier than 17th May

  • Rule of six will be abolished on outdoor gatherings and increased to a limit of 30, if data allows.
  • Two households can mix indoors, with the rule of six applied in hospitality settings like pubs.
  • Cinemas, hotels, performance and sporting events will reopen, but social distancing will still remain.
  • Up to 10,000 spectators attend the very largest outdoor seated venues, like football stadiums.
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.

Step 4

No earlier than 21st June

  • Depending on the data, we will potentially see all legal limits on social contact removed.
  • Nightclubs could reopen.
  • The government hopes that from this date, restrictions on weddings and funerals will also be abolished.