Let's hope this is just the start
How will lockdown ease in the roadmap?
Step One Part One: March 8
From March 8, all pupils and students will return to schools and colleges across England.
So-called wrap-around childcare will also be allowed to resume, paving the way for after and before school clubs to reopen.
People will be allowed to meet one other person outside for recreation, for example, to have a picnic or to meet for coffee.
Care home residents will be able to have one regular named visitor.
The Government's stay at home order will remain in place, with travel for non-essential purposes still banned.
Step One Part Two: March 29
From March 29, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed. These gatherings will be allowed to happen in private gardens.
Outdoor sports like tennis and basketball will be allowed to reopen and people will also be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
It is at this point that the Government's stay at home guidance will end, to be replaced by ministers encouraging people to 'stay local'.
However, the Government is expected not to define what constitutes local, instead choosing to rely on people using their common sense to decide on journeys.
People will still be told to work from home wherever possible while international travel will still be banned unless it is for essential purposes.
Step Two: April 12
Nom-essential retail will be allowed to reopen as well as personal care premises like hairdressers, barbers and nail salons.
Public buildings like libraries, museums and art galleries will be allowed to welcome back customers.
Meanwhile, hospitality venues and outdoor attractions like theme parks will be given the green light to reopen in some form.
However, there will still be rules on household mixing: Essentially any activity which involves being indoors will be restricted to members of the same household.
Gyms and swimming pools will also reopen from April 12 but only on the basis that people go on their own or with their own household.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen but at this point they will only be able to have customers outdoors.
Any visits to a pub or restuarant will have to comply with the rules on social contact, so no more than two households or the rule of six.
The Government will not be bringing back the old requirement for people to order a substantial meal with alcohol while the old 10pm curfew will be ditched.
All customers at hospitality venues will also have to be seated when they order food or drink, with ordering at the bar prohibited.
Campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households can also reopen but trips must be restricted a single household.
Funerals will be allowed to continue with up to 30 people, while the rules on wedding receptions will be eased to allow the number of guests to increase from six to 15.
Step Three: May 17
The two household and rule of six requirements for outdoor gatherings will be ditched but gatherings of more than 30 people in places like parks will still be banned.
Crucially, mixing indoors will be allowed again. The rule of six or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed to meet.
However, this will be kept under review by ministers to see if rules could be relaxed still further.
This is also the point at which pubs and restaurants and other hospitality venues will be able to open indoors, with the rule of six and two household limit in place. But groups meeting outdoors at pubs will be allowed to be bigger.
Entertainment venues like cinemas and children's play areas will be able to reopen, as will hotels and B&Bs. Indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes can also reopen.
Changes will also be made to sporting and performance events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full
Started: 22nd Feb 2021 at 17:51
Let's get back to some kind of reality
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 18:54
No doubt some will be having family BBQ’s etc. just as they did last year during lockdown.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 18:56
Last edited by broady: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:26:49
Let's hope so, boredy.
I'm betting my friend's cant wait to see me again.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:10
Yes you should be well covered under the “one person” rule.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:27
What a shot!
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:32
there will be more than one person when I turn out.
I know your a foreigner, boredy, but read the post properly.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:36
Broady shot you down like a Fokker.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:42
yes, and let's not forget family BBQs
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:45
roll on the 29th of march i can hear the roads of north yorkshire calling me already..
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 20:01
12th of April for me, I really need to get my hair cut.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 20:04
While I welcome the relaxing of the current lockdown, me and Mrs RMJ just have short local afternoon walk and we’re stuck in the house all day and night, I have an inbuilt fear that we could have another steep rise in Covid cases just like happened after the first lockdown.
Thankfully as I read about future plans, we may be able to get some holidays in this year, I really missed not going away last year.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 20:11
well, you know what Boris is like for changing things, lets hope he doesn't change this then we can look forward to the summer.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 20:19
I have missed my holidays too. But this year it will be holidays in this country. Not keen on the idea of crowded airports and planes. Even if we are allowed to travel abroad.
Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 20:23
I don't think we'll bother with abroad, this year.
Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 18:48
Phew. Canada is safe for another year.
Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 20:30
Phew. Canada is safe for another year
I think the rest of the world can breathe a sigh of relief too.
Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 00:48
'Some people' should be permanently locked down.
Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 10:18
Most people will still have a stay at home holiday because the holiday lets are now DOUBLE the price and an one case uped the price from £2000 to £10000.. We a few years ago paid £100 a night for a B&B and at the time Ithought am I out of my tiny mind We will go out for a day trip this year and stay in our home
Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 10:32