4 step plan to ease lockdown

Following the government announcement on 22 February, a 4 part plan has been set in place to outline the next steps of coming out of lockdown in England. While this is welcome news it is important that we all continue to follow guidelines and work together to ensure this is a success. 

A brief summary of the 4 stages are below. More information can be found on the government website. 

Step 1: From 8 March

  • All pupils- primary and secondary- and students in further education will return to face to face education. 

  • You can meet socially outdoors with one other person. 

  • Clinically vulnerable are still advised not to attend work or education. 

  • The rules on visiting care homes will change to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor.

From 29 March

  • The legal requirement to stay at home will be lifted, but many lockdown restrictions will remain including working from home and minimised travel

  • The rule of 6 will be reintroduced outdoors and two families from different households can meet outdoors, including in private gardens

  • Some outdoor facilities can open, including tennis courts and pools, and outdoor sports can resume

Step 2: From 12 April

  • Non-essential retail can re-open, alongside hairdressers and gyms. 

  • Pubs and restaurants can re-open outdoors. 

  • Public libraries, community centres, zoos and theme parks can re-open

  • Self-contained accommodation in England such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Step 3: From 17 May

  • The rule of six will be lifted outdoors and replaced by maximum gathering of 30. Two households, or the rule of 6 people, can meet indoors

  • Indoor hospitality, cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events also restart at this point, with limitations on capacity. 

  • International holidays restricted until at least 17 May

Step 4: From 21 June 

  • Reopening of remaining premises, including nightclubs.

  • Ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. 

This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer,


It is crucial that we carry on following the guidelines and working together, for example remembering ‘hands, face, space’. Complying with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meeting outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Getting tested when needed. Getting vaccinated when offered. 

If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.


Lockdown Spring roadmap step 1 and 2


Lockdown Spring roadmap step 3 and 4