Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun from Monday April 12.

The ‘stay at home’ rule ended on March 29 and up to six people or two households can now meet outside. 

However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with.

You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance.

Step 2: What are the changes from April 12?

  • All non-essential retail to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • Gyms and other indoor leisure can open again for use individually or within household groups
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will be able to reopen
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • All children’s activities can resume, including indoor parent and children groups with up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions for up to 15 people must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible

More information on the government roadmap out of lockdown can been found on the Government Website.

View the poster of Step 2 of the Roadmap

Social contact

  • You are able to meet outdoors (including in private gardens) either in a group of six (including people from any number of households, of any age), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles).
  • Childcare and supervised activities is allowed outdoors for all children.
  • Formally organised parent and child groups are able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number.

Hands. Face. Space.

Approximately one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Keeping yourself and others safe

You should stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay two metres apart.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Last updated: Mon 12th April, 2021 @ 15:31