Lockdown update: Government guide to exiting the current lockdown

The current Prime minister Boris Johnson said in the briefing on Monday February 22nd that the lockdown will be eased in four steps with a minimum of five weeks between each step.

Step one is in two parts:

On 8 March

  • all students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
  • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
  • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
  • Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
  • Stay at home order remains in place.

29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households allowed, including meeting in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen; organised outdoor sports can resume
  • Stay at home order ends but people encouraged to stay local wherever they can
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • No overseas travel.

2 April,

·         under step two, non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons will reopen

·         Gyms will reopen, along with holiday lets but only for individuals or household groups.

·         Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people outdoors.


Local elections will be allowed to go ahead on 6 May.


17 May (at the earliest)

·         Most restrictions lifted on outdoor gatherings subject to rule of 30

·         Indoors rule of 6 will apply

·         Cinemas, hotels. B&B, theatres can open


No earlier than 21 June, all legal limits on social contact including weddings will be removed.

“We will reopen everything up to and including nightclubs”,

He says he hopes to lift restrictions on large events and performances “potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection”.


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