On 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced the steps which will be taken to lead the country out of COVID-19 and back to normal life.
Step 1 - from 8th March
The first stage of the roadmap will come into operation on 8th March, with schools and colleges returning to full-time education for all students. To enable parents to work, wraparound care - including after school sports - will also resume. Other restrictions remain in place.
On 29th March, the legal requirement to stay at home will end. Organised outdoor sport for both children and adults will resume. Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can reopen, and organised outdoor parent & child groups can operate once again (up to a maximum of 15 people, excluding under 5s). The rule of six will return, enabling groups of six people or up to two households to meet together outdoors.
Whilst Step 1 is confirmed, the move to Steps 2-4 will depend on these tests being met:
Providing the tests are met, the government hopes to move to:
Step 2 - no earlier than 12th April
No earlier than 12th April, all retail (including non-essential businesses), libraries, personal care, indoor leisure (including gyms) and outdoor attractions can reopen. Outdoor hospitality and indoor parent and child groups (up to a maximum of 15, excluding under 5s), can resume. Domestic overnight stays will be permitted too.
Step 3 - no earlier than 17th May
No earlier than 17th May, indoor hospitality and indoor entertainment/attractions will reopen. Organised indoor sport and all remaining accommodation will be permitted to reopen too. Larger events such as significant life events or entertainment and sporting events will resume. And the position on international travel will be reviewed at this stage.
Step 4 - no earlier than 21st June
Step 4, no earlier than 21st June, will represent a complete return to normal life.