Roadmap Spring 2021

COVID-19 Response

The Government has set out its 4 step plan to gradually lift restrictions

From Monday 12 April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

Lockdown will be eased in several stages if these four conditions are met:

  • the coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
  • evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying, or needing hospital treatment, because of the virus
  • infection rates do not create the risk of a surge in hospital admissions
  • new variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting the restrictions

Find out more about the four-step plan to gradually lift restrictions

Full guidance on the four step plan COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 can be found on GOV.UK. You can also find the easy read, large print and multilingual versions of the guidance here.