From Monday 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing as lockdown begins to slowly ease.

  • You will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted.
  • Schools and colleges will re-open for all pupils, and they will be able to return to face-to-face education.
  • Wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances.
  • Students on practical courses at English universities will be able to return to take part in practical teaching and assessments and access specialist facilities so they can complete their courses.
  • Care home residents will be able to have one regular named indoor visitor, providing they are tested beforehand, wear personal protective equipment and avoid close contact.
  • There will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel. Those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure.
  • Those who have been identified as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ are advised not to attend work or education settings until at least Wednesday 31 March.

No further significant changes will be made on Monday 8 March and restrictions requiring you to stay at home will remain in place.

Later changes, including from Monday 29 March, are set out in the government’s roadmap