What about from 29 March?

  • The Rule of Six is set to return in public outdoor spaces and private gardens on 29 March.

  • Groups of larger than six from a maximum of two households will also be allowed to meet.

  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities, such as golf courses and tennis courts, will be allowed to reopen, and organised outdoor sport can resume for children and adults.

  • Outdoor parent and child groups will be allowed, with up to 15 parents.

This will complete the first step of the roadmap, with step two due to start on 12 April.

Government guidance states: “The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.”

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but people will be advised to continue to work from home and minimise travel.

The rules will not be relaxed to allow overnight stays for social visits or mini breaks.

So can I see my family at Easter?

  • Yes, but only two households can meet and that can only in a park or a private garden.

  • Six people from different households can also meet in a park or private garden.

  • But in both instances, everyone must keep two metres apart at all times.

So when can I travel further away from home?

These are the rules for England:

  • Providing the previous two roadmap steps go well, from 12 April, “overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household”.

  • At this point of lockdown easing, the Rule of Six will remain in place outdoors, and no indoor mixing permitted.

  • These restrictions will not be eased until step three – which comes no earlier than 17 May – when the outdoor limit will be extended to 30 people, and the Rule of Six will apply indoors.


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