UK Covid lockdown loophole: Brits can go inside friend or family's home for three reasons from TODAY

FROM today Brits are allowed to go inside a friend or family's home as the next phase of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown begins.

Boris Johnson has ditched the stay at home rule allowing Brits to venture inside other people's home for three reasons.

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Millions of Brits were ordered to stay indoors under the third national lockdown, working from home and unable to meet up with friends in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid.

Under new rules, Brits will be able to go inside their friends and family's home – but only briefly to use the toilet, to get a drink of water and to access their garden.

The same rules will apply to toilets when pubs gardens reopen in April.

Today two households can meet in public spaces or their gardens as the Government tries to make it easier for friends and family to meet over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

However, social distancing rules must still be followed and meetings indoors are also still banned.

The Rule of Six has returned to let Brits meet up with six mates outside while outdoor sports are on.

Outdoor groups will be allowed to meet with a limit of up to 15 parents. Children are not included in the number of restrictions.

While the roadmap out of lockdown starts today, the Government is still advising people to stay local – although there are no guidelines indicating what "local" means.

Outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools can all open from today, although the Rule of Six still applies.

Places of worship have remained open during the latest lockdown, but restrictions remain in place for Easter services.

Limits include that people "must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble".

Rules around funerals, which are allowed with 30 attendees and wakes with six attendees, also remain the same.

And there's good news for people hoping to get married. 

Weddings will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances.

This means anyone wishing to tie the knot can do so with up to six attendees.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland's lockdown rules differ due to their devolved governments, but they are also lifting lockdown restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon already allowed groups of four from two households to meet outdoors earlier this month and will ditch the Stay Home message for Scots from April 2.

Meanwhile Wales lifted the Stay Home order on March 13, but told people to stay local. Four people from two households can also meet outside.

Northern Ireland is set to reintroduce the Rule of Six outdoors from April 1, with the Stay Home order lifted on April 12.

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