•Priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. •Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. •Therewillbetwice-weeklyrapidtestingforsecondaryandcollegepupils-inadditiontoregulartestingforallteachers-toreducethe chance of the virus spreading in schools.•Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return from 8 March.__________•Peoplewillbeallowedtoleavehomeforrecreationandexerciseoutdoorswiththeirhouseholdorsupportbubble,iftheyareeligiblefor one, or with one person from outside their household. •Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.•From29March,whenmostschoolsstarttobreakupfortheEasterholidays,outdoorgatherings(includinginprivategardens)ofeither6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.•Outdoorsportsfacilitiessuchastennisandbasketballcourts,andopen-airswimmingpools,willalsobeallowedtoreopen,andpeople will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports._________•The‘stayathome’rulewillendon29Marchbutmanyrestrictionswillremaininplace.Peopleshouldcontinuetoworkfromhomewhere they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. •Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. •Holidaysabroadwillnotbeallowed,givenitwillremainimportanttomanagetheriskofimportedvariantsandprotectthevaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.______________________________________________________________________ELECTIONS: TheroadmapexplainsthatCovid-securecouncil,mayoralandpoliceandcrimecommissionerelectionswillgoaheadonMay6inEngland and Wales.TheGovernmentplanstoamendthecoronavirusregulations'toenableabroaderrangeofcampaign-relatedactivityfromMarch8,but it is essential that this still takes place in a Covid-Secure way, in line with guidance and the law'.______________________________________________________________________
'No earlier than' April 12
TheGovernment'sroadmapexplainsthatStepTwowilltakeplacenoearlierthanApril12,aroundfourweeksafterStepOnehasbeen implemented.StepTwowillreopensomesectionsofourindooreconomyandmoreoutdoorsettings,restoringjobsandlivelihoodsandenablingpeopleto access some activities and services. However,socialcontactrulesinEnglandwillnotchangefurtheratthispointandoutdoorgatheringsmuststillbelimitedtosixpeopleortwo households as in Step One.IfStepTwoisdelayed,'subsequentstepswillneedtobepushedbackinordertomaintainthenecessaryfiveweekperiodtoassessthe impact of each step and provide notice'.•HAIRDRESSERS AND NON-ESSENTIAL HOSPITALITY: Non-essential retail will reopen no earlier than April 12 as well as personal care businesses like hairdressers, barbers and nail salons. Public buildings like libraries, museums and art galleries will be allowed to welcome back customers. Meanwhile, hospitality venues and outdoor attractions like theme parks will be given the green light to reopen in some form. However,therewillstillberulesonhouseholdmixing:Essentiallyanyactivitywhichinvolvesbeingindoorswillberestrictedtomembersof the same household. •GYMS AND LEISURE: Gymsandswimmingpoolswillalsoreopenfromattheearliest April12butonlyonthebasisthatpeoplegoontheirownorwithmembersof their own household. •PUBS AND RESTAURANTS: Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen from April 12 at the earliest, but at this point they will only be able to have customers outdoors. Any visits to a pub or restaurant will have to comply with the rules on social contact, so no more than two households or the rule of six.TheGovernmentwillnotbebringingbacktheoldrequirementforpeopletoorderasubstantialmealwithalcoholwhiletheold10pmcurfew will also be ditched.All customers at hospitality venues will have to be seated when they order food or drink, with ordering at the bar prohibited.•CAMPSITES AND HOLIDAYS: Campsitesandholidayletswhereindoorfacilitiesarenotsharedwithotherhouseholdscanalsoreopenbuttripsmustberestrictedtoa single household. •WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS: Funeralswillbeallowedtocontinuewithupto30people,whiletherulesonweddingreceptionswillbeeasedtoallowthenumberofguests to increase from six to 15. •LARGECROWDS:TheGovernmentwillalsolaunchpilotprogrammesin Apriltoseehoweventswithlargecrowdsandreducedsocial distancing could work.•INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Anewtaskforcelookingathowtoincreaseinboundandoutboundinternationaltravel,whilealsoprotectingagainstimportingcoronavirus variants, will report on April 12. The expectation is that international travel will not resume until May 17 at the very earliest.