Only two more working weeks remain until Easter and a much-deserved four day break for many.
It’s been a tough start to 2021 with us all being told to stay at home for everything barring daily exercise and essential travel.
But things are looking up with the next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown due to come into force on Monday March 29.
With Good Friday on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5 the new rules mean that people will be able to enjoy a little freedom and the opportunity to catch up with friends come the long Easter weekend.
Early forecasts also predict dry weather, perfect for meeting friends outdoors.
Changes on 29 March
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the rule of six) or two households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Business and activities
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. 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. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
Non-essential shops are due to open up on April 12, along with outdoor hospitality.