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The UK’s lockdown roadmap - February 2021

Plans for ending the current lockdown restrictions have been unveiled by the prime minister, with a gradual easing of the rules set to take several months


There are four stages to the lockdown easing and Primeminster Johnson says these will be based on the number of cases, how vaccinations progress, and whether any new variants emerge.


8 March – Stage 1 Part A

  • All schools and colleges will reopen

  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include a coffee on a bench

  • One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE, a lateral flow test

  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances


29 March – Stage 1 Part B

  • Rule of 6 - People will be allowed to meet outside

  • Local down to stay local

  • Outdoor sports facilities will reopen,

  • Formally organised outdoor sports restart

  • Parents and children groups can return capped at 15 and must be outdoors.







Stage 2 - No Earlier than 12 April

  • All shops allowed to open

  • Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors

  • Gyms and spas can reopen for individuals and households

  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other "close contact services" can reopen

  • UK domestic holidays away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household

  • Children allowed to attend indoor play activities, with up to 15 parents

  • Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen

  • Libraries and community centres can reopen

  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place


Stage three - No earlier than 17 May:

  • groups of up to 30 people can meet outdoors

  • Six people or two households can meet indoors

  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors

  • Up to 30 people can meet to celebrate weddings or other life events

  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open

  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open

  • Performances and large events will be subject to limits though. For indoor events, they can be at half capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoors they can be at half capacity or 4,000 people - whichever is lower. For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend

  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen to household groups

  • International leisure travel will resume no earlier than 17 May

  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can start up again

Stage Four – No earlier than 21 June:

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed

  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.

  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen



From April, the UK government will run pilots for events such as large weddings, festivals and work conferences. This will help to determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing


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