Last updated Monday 12 April 2021 at 10.30am

The Government’s roadmap to exit lockdown began on 8 March 2021. There were changes to restrictions on 12 April.

Restrictions remain in place in step one and everyone must follow them to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Key points

  • all retail can open
  • outdoor hospitality can open for table service eg seated ordering of food and drinks
  • public buildings, including libraries and community centres can open
  • outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of 6 people or 2 households are allowed
  • people should continue to work from home where they can 
  • schools, colleges, nurseries and Early Years settings are open
  • outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools can open
  • wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities are open where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group
  • university is open for face-to-face learning on some practical courses 
  • care homes can allow regular indoor visits - check the guidance at Covid-19 - visiting a care home


  • outdoor hospitality can open for table service eg seated ordering of food and drinks
  • all retail can open, personal care premises including hairdressers, nail salons are open
  • public buildings, including libraries and community centres can open
  • all banks and post offices, doctors, dentists’ surgeries and vets, car parks, public toilets and playgrounds can open
  • takeaway food services are open and all food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery

Sport and Leisure

  • indoor leisure facilities including gyms are open (people must use them on their own or in household groups)
  • outdoor attractions and hospitality venues including zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas are open
  • saunas or steam rooms are closed
  • parent and child groups and activities of up to 15 parents can take place indoors (children under 5 do not count towards limit)
  • people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports
  • outdoor activities for children are allowed


  • if children do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents, existing arrangements for contact between them will remain in place
  • friends and family can provide informal childcare for children under 14. This must be part of a regular childcare arrangement and does not include meeting for social occasions like playdates, birthday parties etc
  • registered childcare providers and nannies can provide childcare


  • overnight stays in England are allowed in self-contained accommodation (no shared sleeping facilities) with your own household
  • you can leave your area for work, education, caring responsibilities or medical reasons
  • holidays abroad are not allowed
  • if you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead. Avoid busy times and routes on public transport and practice social distancing while you travel

Places of worship and ceremonies

  • places of worship are open – please stick to the rule of 6 (or 2 households) if meeting  outside venues
  • there are limits to attendance at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies – see our Our affected services

Our advice

  • avoid using public transport unless you must. If you do use it, you need to wear a face covering
  • don’t share a car with other households unless they are in your bubble

More information

Full information on the roadmap out of lockdown can be found on the government’s website.

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