LEngland’s lockdown restrictions are relaxed, giving people greater freedoms outside.
Here, the PA news agency outlines the restrictions that are being lifted and what the British can now do.
– What is changing today?
Restrictions in England will be eased from Monday, when the Easter holidays begin, to allow groups to meet and socialize outside.
Groups of up to six people from any number of households or a group of any size of up to two households are now allowed to congregate in socially distanced parks and gardens.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts will also reopen, with organized sports for adults and children – including grassroots football – returning.
The government’s ‘stay at home’ order will end, with messages shifting to ‘stay put’, but people will be urged to continue working from home where possible and overseas travel will remain. prohibited.
– Are there still restrictions in place?
Unfortunately, there are still a large number of restrictions in England, including the fact that people are still not allowed to socialize indoors outside their homes or put up with bubbles.
Non-essential retail and hospitality locations such as pubs and restaurants will also remain closed, but take-out is still allowed.
Metropolitan Police have warned that large gatherings will remain illegal and officers will continue to respond quickly to those who pose a serious risk to public health, including large house parties or illegal raves.
– When will the additional restrictions be relaxed?
From April 12 at the earliest, shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality places such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen.
Most outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks may reopen, although broader social distancing rules will continue to apply to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
Indoor leisure facilities such as gymnasiums and swimming pools will also be open, but for the use of individuals or groups.
Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and memorial events such as vigils will increase from six to 15.
– What happens next in England?
From May 17 at the earliest, most outside social contact rules will be lifted, although gatherings of more than 30 people will remain illegal.
Indoors, the six or two household rule will apply – although the government has said it will continue to examine whether it is safe to increase that number.
Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation industry, and group sports and exercise classes for adults will also reopen.
Limited crowds will also be allowed at sporting events.
All remaining restrictions on social contacts could be lifted from June 21, allowing for larger events to be held and nightclubs to reopen.
– What’s going on in Scotland?
Outdoor mixing between four people from a maximum of two households is already allowed, as well as non-contact outdoor sports and organized group exercises.
The country’s ‘stay at home’ order is due to be withdrawn on April 2, with Scots being asked to ‘stay put’ instead.
From April 5, click-and-collect retail services, as well as garden centers, car dealerships, home goods stores, barbers and hairdressers, will also be able to reopen.
Scotland will then come out of lockdown and revert to a tier system on April 26, when travel restrictions across the country are also lifted and many more sites are allowed to reopen.
– What about Northern Ireland?
All schoolchildren must return to class on April 12, after an accelerated gradual return on Monday.
From April 1, up to six people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors in a private garden and up to 10 people from a maximum of two households can participate in outdoor sports activities.
From April 12, up to 10 people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors in a private garden.
Coronavirus restrictions in Wales were relaxed on Saturday to allow people to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation and the requirement to ‘stay local’ in the country was also lifted.
Other changes to the coronavirus rules in Wales include the ability for up to six people from two different households to meet and exercise outdoors, as well as outdoor activities and organized sports for those under 18.
Wales has already reopened hairdressing salons and has allowed most pupils to resume face-to-face teaching, with all pupils and students having to return to classrooms after the Easter break.
Supermarkets have been allowed to resume selling non-essential items and garden centers have also reopened, with the rest of non-essential retail and close contact services set to reopen from April 12.