As the Easter holidays begin, the government has allowed limited changes to the foreclosure rules to allow families to reunite.
On Monday March 29, for the first time in 12 weeks, people across England will no longer be ordered to ‘stay at home’, with limited contact between different households being allowed and plenty of outdoor activities that can be done. resume.
People will be able to meet outdoors either in groups of six or in two households from Monday. This includes meetings in private gardens as the government tries to make it easier for friends and families to reunite over the Easter weekend.
Those in a support bubble will count as part of the same household, but people from different households will still have to move away socially from each other and indoor meetings remain prohibited. Businesses, including hotels, remain closed.
Outdoor parent groups will also be allowed to meet, with a limit of 15 parents maximum. Children were not included in the number restrictions.
As a result of the relaxation of “stay at home” guidelines, a number of outdoor activities take place during the holidays, including the National Trust which hosts Easter egg hunts on its nature trails.
Although the ‘stay at home’ rule ends on Monday, government advice has so far been that people should stay local, although no guidelines have been put in place to indicate what this means. .
The guidelines say people “should continue to minimize travel where possible.”
A number of restrictions remain in place to limit movement, including advice against people staying away from their primary residence overnight. However, a loophole means that families who own second homes can legally stay there from Monday.
Campsites and self-catering holiday accommodation remain closed until at least April 12, after the Easter holidays.
Holidays abroad are also banned and new Covid regulations come into effect the same day the lockdown measures make it illegal to enter an airport without a valid reason, with fines of £ 5,000 for anyone breaking them.
The only exemptions from the travel ban relate to work, study, moving or participating in a major family event such as a birth, marriage or funeral.
Rules banning overseas travel are under review by a new task force which is expected to report by April 12 at the earliest, with many experts warning that the Covid variants could cancel the summer vacation in the country. ‘foreign.