Prime minister setting out four step end to lockdown in england
Andrew Crook - NFFF President
February 22, 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently setting out his four-step plan to release England from lockdown in the Common.

The prime minister is setting out four stages of easing lockdown in England.

Here is the first one, which covers new measures coming in on 8 and 29 March.

8 March: Back to school, outdoor socialising with one other person, care home residents allowed one visitor

Schools – Children and young people of all ages will return to classroom learning in schools and colleges in England from 8 March, the PM says.

Practical teaching at universities will resume, but the rest will remain remote.

Socialising – You are allowed to meet one other person from outside your household outdoors for “recreation”.

This means that instead of the old rules where you had to be exercising, you can now just meet up for a coffee, drink or picnic.

Care homes – Care home residents will be allowed to have “one regular indoor visitor”, but they must wear full PPE and respect social distancing.

29 March: Six people allowed to meet up in the garden, outdoor sports to resume, stay-at-home ends

The second date – 29 March – is also included in the first stage of easing lockdown.

Socialising – Outdoor gatherings of up to six people from two different households can socialise outdoors, including in a private garden, the PM says.

Sports – Outdoor sports facilities will also reopen, so adults and children will be allowed to take part in organised outdoor sports again.

That includes outdoor swimming pools and golf courses.

No more ‘stay at home’ – The formal “stay at home” order will be lifted.

People will still be encouraged to work from home where possible and international travel will still be largely illegal.

12 April: Non-essential shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms, libraries, zoos, museums, pubs, restaurants and bars to reopen – but outside only and with just your householdThe second step will begin no sooner than 12 April.

Non-essential retail, hairdressers and beauty salons – From 12 April, non-essential shops will be able to reopen, Mr Johnson says.

Hairdressers, nail salons and personal care services will also reopen at this point.

Pubs, restaurants and bars – Hospitality venues will reopen, but for outdoor service only, and with no mixing of households indoors.

So that means you can go to a pub, restaurant or bar with an outdoor area in a group of up to six people from two different households.

If you’re inside, you are only allowed to be with members of your own household.

The PM adds that there will be no rules on “substantial meals” or curfews, but you will have to be seated when you consume your food or drink.

Gyms, libraries, zoos, museums and theme parks – You can only go to these indoor settings with members of your own household, but they will reopen on 12 April.

If they are outside, then you can go in a group of six made up of two different households.

Holidays – Hotels, hostels, Air BnBs and self-catering holiday accommodation will reopen, but only for household groups.

So you can’t go on holiday with someone you don’t live with or who isn’t in your support bubble.

Funerals – Up to 30 people can attend funerals and the maximum number of people at a wake will increase from six to 15.

17 May: Gatherings of up to 30 outside, rule-of-six inside, weddings, funerals, wakes resume, alongside large-scale sports events/performances

The third step will begin no sooner than 17 May.

Socialising – Up to 30 people can meet up outdoors, including in pub and restaurant gardens, but any more than that is illegal.

Indoor social mixing allowed again, but only up to six people or two households together.

Sport – Indoor exercise classes can resume, the PM says.

Large-scale sporting events or performances will be allowed with up to 1,000 people indoors.

Outdoors, a capacity of up to 4,000 will be allowed – or the venue being half full – whichever is lower.

Bigger football stadiums will be allowed up to 10,000 fans – or a quarter of capacity – whichever is lower.

Weddings, funerals, receptions, wakes – From 17 May, 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes and christenings.

21 June: All number limits on socialising removed, nightclubs could reopen, vaccine passports, international travel could resumeIt will begin no sooner than 21 June.

Socialising – There will no longer be any limit on the numbers of people that can mix indoors or outdoors, the PM says.

Hospitality – The government hopes to be able to reopen nightclubs and other large-scale events such as concerts from 21 June.

A decision could also be made on whether to remove limits on wedding numbers.

Vaccine passports – Proving you have had a coronavirus vaccine will make it easier to do things and help unlock the economy, the PM says.

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