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COVID-19 - Government announces details of roadmap out of latest period of national restrictions

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The Government is outlining a series of new measures as part of its roadmap out of a period of national restriction which came into force in January. This page will be updated with the latest links and information.


The government has published theCOVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time.

Here is a summary of the measures it includes:

From 8 March

  • 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
  • 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 Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities or complete assessments will be able to return
  • 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
  • The rules on visiting care homes will change to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor

No further significant changes will be made on 8 March and restrictions requiring you to stay at home will remain in place. Later changes, including from 29 March, are set out in the roadmap.

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