Read more about the plans to ease England's lockdown.
The government has released details of a new four-step plan to ease England's lockdown.
We are now in Step 2 of the plan.
- Free rapid lateral flow tests are now available to everyone without symptoms.
- From 12 April more businesses and venues can reopen, including shops, hairdressers and public buildings: find out more.
Before each step of the plan proceeds, four tests must be met:
The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues successfully
There is evidence that vaccines are working to reduce hospitalisations and deaths in those that are vaccinated
Infection rates do not risk a surge in people going to hospital which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
Any new Covid-19 Variants of Concern which change the Government's assessment of the risks.