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Roadmap out of Lockdown

Step-by-step lifting of restrictions: key dates

Step 1

8 March

  • All schools and colleges will open, with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed to take place. Childcare will resume.
  • Recreation or exercise outdoors will be allowed between two people.
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor.
  • During this time, we must continue to stay at home and no household mixing is permitted. 

29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, including in private gardens. 
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities such as tennis courts will reopen, and organised outdoor sport will return for both adults and children.

Step 2

12 April

  • Continue to only meet in groups of six or up to two households, outside only.
  • All shops will reopen including services such as hairdressers and beauty salons.
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve food and alcohol to customers outdoors only.
  • Gyms, libraries and community centres will open.
  • Weddings can take place with up to 15 people in attendance, funerals with up to 30 people, and wakes with up to 15 people.
  • Children can attend any indoor children’s activity.
  • Care home residents can have two visitors each.
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in Self-contained accommodation.

17 May

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors, with domestic overnight stays permitted.
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve food and alcohol to customers indoors.
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings.
  • Outdoor entertainment such as museums, theatres and children’s play areas can open.
  • Performances and large events can restart, but there will be limits on audience numbers.
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart.

Check with your local place of worship for the latest advice.

A summary of the roadmap, including details of steps 3, is available on Twitter. You can view the full roadmap on the government website, and you can also watch the Prime Minister's address to the nation on YouTube