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Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel!

The Government has outlined the four steps that will complete England’s roadmap out of lockdown, with schools the first to reopen fully.

The timing for each step will depend on various data - including the success of the vaccine rollout and hospitalisation figures - but caution is the key to the government’s approach.


The first steps of lockdown lifting in England will be:

  • All children return to school on March 8

  • Picnics and coffee in public areas with one other person on March 8

  • Groups of six from two households allowed to meet outdoors from March 29

  • Outdoor sports like tennis and football can resume from March 29

Second phase – late April

  • the reopening of some hospitality in limited circumstances, which could include serving outdoors only.
  • Non-essential retail is expected to reopen in April.
  • Universities and colleges could get the green light to reopen campuses.


Third phase – middle of May

  • pubs and restaurants are likely to be allowed to open indoors, though there could still be limits on groups, and social distancing will be in place.
  • hairdressers and beauticians reopen
  • families allowed to travel for short breaks around the UK, though with restrictions on household mixing.


Fourth phase – late April

  • A further relaxation of social contact, likely to include some mixing indoors
  • summer holidays being permitted in the UK, so June could see restrictions lifted on the tourism sector.


For the full guidance please click here.