How lockdown rules will change in just over a week – everything you can and cant do – Teesside Live

Another set of lockdown changes will be implemented in England next Monday on March 29.

The first stage of restrictions being lifted in Boris Johnson’s ‘irreversible’ roadmap happened almost a fortnight ago when schools reopened and rules on meeting one other person outdoors were relaxed under the first phase of step one.

Care home visits are also now allowed from one, regular visitor, who must be tested for Covid-19 beforehand.

Further rules are expected to be relaxed on March 29 as the number of coronavirus cases and hospital admissions continue to fall, reports ChronicleLive.

The new measures come into force the week most schools break up for the Easter holidays, providing a welcome boost for many.

So what is coming next?

We look at what you will and won’t be able to do when lockdown restrictions change again on March 29.

How Covid-19 rules will change from March 29

March 29 is the start date for the second phase of step one of the roadmap out of lockdown.

It follows the first phase of step one, which saw schools reopen to all pupils from Monday, March 8.

The lockdown ‘stay home’ order ends on Monday, March 29. This means people will be free to go outdoors for non-essential reasons.

However, there will still be restrictions in place and those who can work from home should do so.

International travel will still be prohibited along with non-essential overnight stays outside your household.

You can meet friends outdoors in time for the Easter weekend

Families and friends on Satlrburn beach at the end of December

Families and friends on Satlrburn beach at the end of December
(Image: Tom Banks – banks-photo.co.uk)

From March 29, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed.

That means groups bigger than six people can meet up, as long as they are from a maximum of two households.

Groups can meet anywhere outdoors, including the garden of someone’s home.

Those who do not live together must continue to maintain a safe social distance from each other.

The Easter school holidays and four-day weekend kick off on Good Friday on April 2. There is another bank holiday on April 5.

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You can play sport outdoors again, including golf

From March 29, outdoor sports facilities like tennis courts, basketball courts and golf courses can reopen.

“People can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households,” the Cabinet Office says.

Organised sport, like grassroots football, can also return from March 29.

Will shops, pubs, hairdressers and gyms be open on March 29?

No, non-essential retailers and personal care services like barbers and hairdressers are not due to return until April 12, when step two of the roadmap is due to begin.

Hospitality businesses like cafes and bars will be allowed to serve customers sitting outside from April 12.