Roadmap out of lockdown – Shops might open 12th April

By Chris Dawson February 22, 2021 - 4:22 pm

The Government have published their roadmap out of lockdown with some provisos. The dates for all steps (bar step 1) are provisional subject to four tests:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  4. Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of concern.

It should also be noted that there will be at least five weeks between the roadmap out of lockdown steps. This means if one step’s date slips then all further dates will also slip.

There was also a mention in the Prime Minister’s statement that local restrictions might have to be applied but in general the steps will apply to the entire country (of England).

Roadmap out of lockdown

You can read the full roadmap at, but the key points at each stage are bullet pointed below. NB Step one is actually in two stages and is the only step with dates that aren’t provisional.

Step 1a – 8th of March

  • Schools and Colleges open
  • Recreation outdoors with one person
  • No household mixing indoors
  • Wraparound childcare
  • Funerals (30 people), Wakes and Weddings (6 people)
  • Stay at home order remains

Step 1b – 29th of March

  • Rule of 6 or two households outside
  • No indoor household mixing
  • Outdoor leisure opens
  • Organised outdoor sport allowed for children and adults
  • Outdoor parent & child groups of up to 15 adults
  • Minimise travel but no holidays

Step 2 – no earlier than the 12th April

  • Indoor leisure for individual or household use
  • Rule of 6 or two households outside
  • No indoor household mixing
  • Outdoor zoos, outdoor theatre and drive in cinemas open
  • Libraries and community clubs open
  • Personal care (e.g. hairdressers) and all retail opens
  • Outdoor hospitality opens
  • All indoor childrens activities with up to 15 parents opens
  • Domestic overnight stays for households only permitted
  • Self contained accommodation for single households only opens
  • Funerals (30 people), Wakes and Weddings (15 people)
  • Even pilots begin
  • Minimise travel but no holidays

Step 3 – no earlier than the 17th May

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions open
  • 30 person outdoor limit, rule of 6 or two households indoors
  • Domestic overnight stays allowed
  • Organised indoor adult sport
  • Most significant life events allowed with up to 30 people
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment opens
  • Remaining accommodation opens
  • Some large events allowed with capacity limits
  • International travel may start subject to review

Step 4 – no earlier than the 21st of June

  • No legal limits on social contacts
  • Nightclubs open
  • Larger events allowed
  • No legal limit on all life events
  • Yvonne Dodds
    4 days ago

    Can my husband and I drive from Milton Keynes to Farnborough to see my Son outside and go to a park?

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