National lockdown restrictions
The Government has set out its phased roadmap to bring England out of national lockdown. Along with the rest of the country, Westminster is following that roadmap to lift restrictions on residents, businesses and visitors in four steps.
From Monday 12 April, Step 2 on the roadmap comes into effect. This means:
- Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen
- Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks, will also reopen although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted
- Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen - but only for use by people on their own or with their household
- Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated and the rule of six or meeting with one other household still applies
- Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
- Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and the numbers able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15 (in premises that are permitted to open)
- Care home residents will be allowed a second regular visitor, provided the visitors are regularly tested and wearing full PPE
- Outdoor gatherings of up to either six people or two households are allowed – including in private gardens
- As of 29 March, the official ‘Stay at Home’ rule has ended, but please continue to work from home wherever possible and minimise domestic travel. Holidays abroad are not possible
As of Monday 8 March, all primary schools, secondary schools, special and alternative provision schools, colleges and further education settings are open to all pupils.
You can now meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the rule of 6) or with one other household. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This will apply in all outdoor settings, including private gardens.
The most important thing we can all do to prevent the spread of the virus is to remember the basics:
- hands – wash your hands more often than usual and for at least 20 seconds
- face – wear your face covering in enclosed spaces
- space – stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble
- fresh air (ventilation) – only meet others outdoors