Government COVID-19 guidelines in place from 12 April
Further easing of COVID restrictions in line with Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown will see the following in place from Monday 12 April 2021:
- non-essential retail permitted to open
- personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons permitted to open
- Public buildings including libraries and community centres reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen with table service only
- indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed (indoors and outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place (indoors and outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 are not counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit). Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people and must take place outdoors but not in private gardens
- self-contained accommodation will be able to 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)
There is no change to the following restrictions:
- You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless they are part of your support bubble (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.
- You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
- You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
- You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible.
- You must continue to wear face coverings in shops, on buses and trains and in most public indoor spaces unless you are exempt.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, book a PCR test and stay at home.
See the full government guidance