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Monday - Covid Lockdown Restrictions Eased - What Can I Do?

Updated: Mar 29

Today we see the next phase in easing covid restrictions throughout England. We wanted to share the simplified version of what you can and can't do from Monday 29th March.


The government's "stay at home" mantra will be replaced with a new message of "stay local".


Although only small changes on the face of it, these changes will have a huge impact on the well being of many people within our community as social contact with loved ones is a key change, seeing the rules finally being relaxed.


From today, March 29, you can meet outdoors with family and friends in groups of six – the 'Rule of 6' – or as two households.


Groups of six can be from different households, while outdoor gatherings of two households can have more than six people. Each household can include those in existing support bubbles.


Outdoor gatherings can also take place in private gardens which is a great option for those worried about visiting busier public spaces.


You must still observe social distancing rules if from separate households.


A group made up of two households can include more than six people, but only where all members of the group are from the same two households (or support/childcare bubbles, where eligible).


Social distancing must be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.


Outdoor sports and leisure facilities are now allowed to reopen for public use.


Outdoor sport facilities include open-air swimming pools, sports courts (such as tennis and basketball courts), golf courses, including mini golf, water sports venues, climbing walls, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas at riding centres, and archery venues.


These will most likely have to be booked in advance in order to maintain social distancing and avoid several people turning up at once.


Spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role.


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