What are we allowed to do on 29th March when lockdown eases?

The Government guidelines are changing on the 29th March 2021, so what will we be allowed to do?

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The UK lockdown will have a change of regulations on Monday 29th March 2021. What will these changes be and what will we be allowed to do on 29th March?

In the UK, lockdown restrictions will be changed on Monday 29th March. The restrictions will affect social contact, businesses, activities, and travel. This is part of the government’s lockdown roadmap that aims to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while also ensuring that the UK is able to open back up and return to normal.

Here's a list of answers to the potential questions you might have about what we are allowed to do on Monday 29th March.

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Who can I meet up with from 29th March?

The rules concerning social contact are about the change. The new regulations will allow outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households. 

Outdoor spaces include private gardens, which means that you can have small gatherings in your garden with five friends from different households or another entire household, regardless of size.

Which businesses will be open?

Outdoor sports areas will be open. This includes tennis courts, open-air swimming pools and netball/basketball courts. Formally organised outdoor sports will also be allowed to reopen.  

There will still be restrictions on inside sports and gyms will remain closed until 12th April. Other businesses like libraries, community centres, and indoor parent and child groups will also remain closed until 12th April.

Can I go to funerals?

The regulations about events will remain the same. Funerals can continue to take place with 30 guests allowed to attend. Weddings and Wakes are also allowed but will continue to have a 6 guest maximum.

On 12th April, weddings, wakes and receptions will increase to 15 guests, funerals will remain at 30 maximum. 

Can I go outside?

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29th March but there will still be many restrictions that are in still place.

The government states, “People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.”

Can I travel?

The government state that travel abroad will continue to be prohibited apart from a small number of reasons that are permitted. 

The government state that holidays abroad will continue to be banned as the UK is still trying to administer the vaccine across the UK and new variants of coronavirus could disrupt this. Travel restrictions will be reviewed on 12th April 2021.

Can I go on a UK holiday?

Sadly not just yet. UK holidays won’t be allowed until 12th April at the earliest. This will only happen if the government is satisfied that the roadmap is being followed and the steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been properly taken.

UK holidays will also be restricted to a single household until the 17th May, which is also dependant on the roadmap proving effective.