Covid-19 - roadmap out of lockdown

From 8 March, England will see restrictions start to lift as the Government's roadmap out of lockdown plots a route back to a more normal life.

We've condensed the roadmap below, focusing on information relevant to businesses.

More information about the government's roadmap on GOV.UK

No earlier than 8 March

  • Only leave home for essential reasons such as shopping, attending medical appointments, exercise or going to work where you cannot do so from home
  • All schools will reopen, including outdoor after-school sports activities
  • Two people from different households will be allowed to socialise outdoors

No earlier than 29 March

  • People will not be required to stay at home but will be encouraged to stay in their local areas
  • Outdoor sports facilities will reopen, including golf courses, tennis courts, football pitches and outdoor swimming pools
  • Formally organised outdoor sports will be allowed
  • Weddings can be attended by up to six people either indoors or outdoors

No earlier than 12 April

  • All non-essential retail will be allowed to open
  • Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including solely to serve alcohol
  • Gyms and spas can reopen
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other 'close contact services' can reopen
  • UK domestic holidays away from home will be permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household
  • Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen
  • Libraries and community centres can reopen
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

No earlier than 17 May

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can meet to celebrate weddings or other life events
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, as well as indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
  • Performances and large events will be subject to limits. Indoor events can be held at half capacity or 1,000 people, outdoor events can be at half capacity or 4,000 people - whichever is lower. For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel will resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

No earlier than 21 June

  • All legal limits on social contact and attending life events will be removed
  • The Government will run pilots for events such as large weddings, festivals and work conferences to determine how COVID measures might allow large groups to attend without social distancing
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen