The government’s roadmap to get out of lockdown will come into law next Monday as the UK seeks to abandon its Covid nightmare.
And following last year’s “Tier” system, the new Downing Street system will now evolve around “stages” – with “stage 1” having the most severe restrictions.
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Below, we’ll explain the rule changes, including the ban on overseas vacations.
The rules on mixing households have also changed, meaning that two families can mingle indoors, but only if there are children under the age of 13.
What is step 1?
From March 29, all of England will be subject to Stage 1 restrictions.
This means the rule of six is back with outdoor gatherings, including in gardens, being allowed.
The rule means that six people from two separate households will be allowed to be outside.
This also applies to sports activities apart from the fact that playing football in a park will only be allowed under the rule of six.
However, people can participate in a company-organized “outdoor sports rally” – meaning five-a-side football matches on private fields involving 10 people are allowed while larger games in public parks. are not.
The Stay at Home rule will also end on March 29, which means the British will no longer have to remain “local” when they leave their homes.
This means people can visit family members a few hours away or visit a park in another part of the country and not be fined.
The rule sparked controversy in January when two women were fined £ 200 for driving five miles for a walk in Derbyshire Park.
People are always encouraged to work from home and minimize their travel.
The big news that emerges from these rule changes is that holidays abroad have been banned for the first time because of the risk of mutant variants of Covid abroad.
People who leave the UK or are at a ‘boarding point’ such as an airport with the intention of traveling without a reasonable excuse could be fined £ 5,000.
These reasonable excuses include travel for work, school, elite sports, legal obligations, volunteering, medical reasons, and participating in a loved one’s marriage.
It is important to note that people can still travel to the British Isles such as the Channel Islands and also visit our neighbors in the Republic of Ireland.
Downing Street has launched a new task force to review the travel ban and report on April 12.
There is also loophole for mixing two households inside called the “linked child care home”.
This means that two households can meet if one of them has a child who is 13 years old or is cared for by the second household.
Peaceful demonstrations will also be allowed under the new March 29 rule.
This follows the mismanagement of Sarah Everard’s vigil on March 13 when cops were seen clashing with women paying homage to the Londoner who was murdered on his way home.
What is step 2?
This will come into place on April 12.
As already stated in the government’s roadmap, non-essential stores will reopen as well as gymnasiums and public buildings such as libraries.
Outdoor venues such as zoos, drive-in cinemas and other outdoor venues will open to the public.
People who drink in outdoor places, such as pub gardens, will not be required to order food, but should eat and drink while sitting.
Campsites and vacation rentals will also be open to businesses.
Weddings can also accommodate up to 15 people.
What is step 3?
This will go into place no earlier than May 17th.
Most restrictions on social contact outside will be lifted while gatherings of more than 30 people will still be banned.
The rule of six or the rule of two households will be reviewed and potentially modified.
Domestic hospitality – like restaurants, pubs and cafes – will reopen and there will be no curfew.
The cinemas will finally reopen in stage 3 as well as the hotels, inns and guest houses.
Reasonable reasons for traveling outside the UK
- Traveling in the common travel area
- Where it is needed for work
- To study outside the UK
- For voluntary or charitable work
- Elite athletes – for training or competitions
- To fulfill a legal obligation
- To request medical assistance or appointments
- For the purpose of moving or visiting a house to buy or rent
- Being at the birth of a child at the request of his mother
- Visiting someone in a hospice or nursing home – but only close friends and family
- To visit a dying person – close friends and family
- To attend a funeral
- For childcare purposes
- You are getting married outside the UK
- Contact with siblings for children in care
- If you are not living in the UK permanently and returning home
Indoor venues for entertainment and sporting events will also reopen with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people.
The outdoor entertainment venues will have a capacity of 4,000 people, while the larger seated outdoor facilities will accommodate 10,000 people.
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals.
What is step 4?
This will take place on June 21 at the earliest and we hope that all restrictions on social contacts will be removed.
Prior to this step, the government will examine the wearing of face masks and social distancing in public.
The remaining nightclubs and venues will be reopened and restrictions on major events will also be relaxed.
To read the 94 pages of government legal documents – follow this link.