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Lockdown roadmap: When will we enter the next step – what are the rules?

People will be able to spend more time outdoors and play sport again when lockdown eases (Picture: Getty/Reuters)

Lockdown rules across England are set to be eased further over the coming months, with all restrictions due to have ended by June 21.

The first step in the Government’s roadmap began on March 8 when schools across the country reopened and restrictions on social contact were relaxed slightly.

Since then there has not yet been a noticeable increase in the number of cases, deaths or hospital admissions – although it can take several weeks for this to show in the data.

The Government is monitoring the situation closely and four tests are being used to determine whether it is safe to proceed to the next stage. These are:

  • the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • an assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern

The next date penciled in for further easing of restrictions is March 29. From this date, Brits will no longer be told to stay at home and will be able to enjoy more freedoms including meeting friends outside and playing sports outdoors.

He we outline everything that is set to change in the next stage of the roadmap:

Outdoor sports are set to restart in the next stage of the roadmap (Picture: Getty Images)

Lockdown changes due on 29 March

Outdoor meet-ups

Outdoor gatherings – including in private gardens – will be permitted from this date. The number of people allowed to meet-up is restricted to six or two households.

Throughout the pandemic the evidence has shown that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors as the virus finds it harder to spread.

Many schools will be breaking up for Easter around the end of March so the new rules are expected to make it easier for families to celebrate together.

Exercise with one other friend was the only social contact allowed during lockdown (Picture: Getty)

Outdoor sports and swimming pools

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen.

People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports including amateur football leagues.

Outdoor pools are among the things set to reopen (Picture: PA)

Travel

People will no longer be told to ‘stay at home’ and can leave the house for any reason. This means the threat of being fined for being out of your home for a ‘non-essential reason’ will end.

However many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.

Holidays in the UK will not be allowed as overnight stays are not permitted until April 12.

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