covid

Government Roadmap Announced

This afternoon the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons setting out the below roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England:

Step one – from 8 March
• All schools to open
• Stay at home order remains in place
• People can meet one other person outside for recreation
• Funerals for 30 people and weddings for 6 people

Step one – From 29 March
• People will be able to meet outside including in private gardens, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting.
• People will no longer be legally required to stay at home but should work from home if they can and try not to travel.
• Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts and open air swimming pools can reopen and formally organised sports can restart.

Step Two – no earlier than 12th April
• Self-catering will open for individuals or household groups only.
• Non-essential retail will open.
• Pubs and restaurants will begin to open for outdoors service, without curfew, and no requirement for people to order a substantial meal.
• Outdoor attractions such as Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas will open
• Funerals for 30 people and weddings for 15 people.

Step Three – no earlier than 17 May
• People will be able to meet indoors, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting
• Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
• Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs will open for leisure guests
• Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
• Indoor entertainment and attractions
• Cinemas and theatres will open
• Some large events – capacity limits apply:
• Indoor events the lower of 1,000 or 50% capacity
• Outdoor events seated the lower of 10,000 or 25%
• Outdoor events not seated the lower of 4,000 or 50%
• Most significant life events for 30 people
• Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people
• International travel will not resume before 17 May.

Step Four – no earlier than 21 June
• All limits on social contacts will be lifted
• Large events, performances and weddings will be able to go ahead
• Nightclubs will open

In Addition, there will be Four Reviews
• Looking at whether having a vaccine or a negative test result can reduce restrictions on social contact.
• Piloting the impact of testing and reduced social distancing on events.
• Looking at how to facilitate more inbound and outbound travel – to report back by 12 April
• Review social distancing measures, such as the one-metre-plus rule, rules on face coverings and working from home – to report back by 21 June.