All new lockdown rules that come into effect from tomorrow – including rule of 6
Tomorrow, on Monday March 29, the second phase of Step one of the easing of lockdown restrictions will come into effect.
That means lockdown rules will be eased slightly to allow more social contact between family and friends.
England has been in national lockdown since January 4, with a strict “stay at home” message in place.
But that message will change on Monday, which will allow Brits slightly more freedom when it comes to leaving your home – and the people you’re allowed to see.
Here we take a closer look at what you can and can’t do from tomorrow.
Stay at home rule ends
The “stay at home” rule will end tomorrow, which means you don’t need a specific reason to leave your home.
Previously people were only allowed to leave for a limited number of reasons, including exercise or food shopping.
Now you may leave your home, but you’re still urged to “minimise the numbers of journeys” you make “where possible”.
People are also being used to avoid travelling at the busiest times, and use routes that are less busy.
Work from home if you can
Although the “stay at home” rule will end, the government is urging people to continue to work from home where they can.
Under the current guidance, the government has insisted that everyone who “can work from home must do so”.
It is expected that the government will issue further guidance on working form home in the near future.
Rule of six outdoors
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From March 29, you will be allowed to gather in a group of up to six people outdoors – or two households of any size.
These meetings can happen in public outdoor spaces as well as private gardens.
But social distancing and good hygiene should still be kept between people who don’t live together.
You can play outdoor sport
Outdoor sports facilities, including tennis and basketball courts and indoor swimming pools, will reopen.
The Cabinet Office said: “People can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.”
This means people can once again take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
Children’s activities outdoors
Outdoor parent groups will be allowed to meet, with a limit of up to 15 parents.
All children will be able to access any outdoor childcare and supervised actives.
Children under five-years-old don’t count towards the attendee limit.
Protests are allowed
The government has confirmed that the ban on protests will be lifted on March 29.
New regulations confirm that protests are allowed under an exemption from the ban on gatherings if they are organised by a business, public or political body, or other group and satisfy risk assessments by police including to maintain social distancing.
Travel abroad banned
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Travel abroad is still banned, and you can now be fined up to £5,000 for breaking this rule.
There will be a review by a government task force on April 12 which will determine the future of travel.
Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation remains closed until April.
Shops and hospitality remain shut
All non-essential retail, personal care services and hospitality will remain closed.
The same goes for indoor leisure facilities such as gyms, and most outdoor attractions and settings including zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
Indoor entertainment will also remain closed, including cinemas, bowling alleys, museums and galleries.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step, so the earliest date for the continued easing of restrictions will be April 12.
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