Roadmap out of Lockdown

Read more about the plans to ease England's lockdown.
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The government has released details of a new four-step plan to ease England's lockdown.

The plan starts with the reopening of schools, colleges, and wrap-around childcare on the 8th March; and gives the earliest possible dates for later steps, which will bring further easements of restrictions. 

Read the government report here

Before each step of the plan proceeds, four tests must be met:

  1. The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues successfully 

  2. There is evidence that vaccines are working to reduce hospitalisations and deaths in those that are vaccinated

  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in people going to hospital which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS

  4. Any new Covid-19 Variants of Concern which change the Government's assessment of the risks.

STEP 1:  8 March 

Education

8 MARCH 

  • Schools and colleges open for all students
  • Practical Higher Education courses

Social Contact

8 MARCH

  • Exercise and recreation with household outdoors or one other person
  • Household only indoors

29 MARCH

  • Rule of 6 or two households outdoors
  • Household only indoors

Business & Activities

8 MARCH

  • Wraparound care, including sport, for all children

29 MARCH

  • Organised outdoor sport (children and adults)
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities
  • All outdoor children’s activities
  • Outdoor parent & child groups (max 15 people, excluding under 5s)

Travel

8 MARCH

  • Stay at home
  • No holidays

29 MARCH

  • Minimise travel
  • No holidays

 Events

  • Funerals (30)
  • Weddings and wakes (6)

A Public Health video explaining the planned roadmap out of Lockdown can be downloaded here:

Download the Video

Note: the video file is quite large and may not work on mobile phones (143Mb).

For more information about the Government's 4 step roadmap:

Roadmap steps 1 and 2
Roadmap steps 3 and 4

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