Roadmap out of lockdown

April 12 2021

The second step of the first step of the Government’s sees the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality settings among other changes. A summary to the changes to restrictions is below

Business and activities

Non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres may reopen. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.


While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.


Social contact

There are no further changes following the measures introduced on March 29. Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) are restricted to either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households.



Visit to view the full guidance.

The next step on the roadmap to ease restrictions further still will take place no sooner than May 17. This will only proceed if the Government deems the following four tests have been met:

  • 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
  • the risks are not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern


Covid-19: new variant

On the 19th December the Prime Minister announced that a new variant of the virus had been detected in test results. FAQs have been created with further information on the new variant. 

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We can also all do our bit by following the rules, the HANDS - FACE - SPACE guidance and knowing the symptoms and when to get tested. 


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