Step 2 began on Monday 12 April, which means that:
- All shops can now reopen
- Hairdressers and other personal care services may reopen
- Libraries and community centres may reopen
- Indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms and spas can reopen, but may only be used by individuals or in household groups or support bubble
- Outdoor attractions such as zoos, drive in performances and theme parks can reopen
- Outdoor hospitality can also reopen. There is no need to order food with an alcoholic drink, but customers must order, eat and drink while seated (table service)
- Households or support bubbles may stay overnight in self-contained, self-catering accommodation in England. This includes holiday cottages and campsites, but hotels and B&Bs will not reopen until 17 May at the earliest.
- Parent and child support groups may meet indoors with up to 15 people (under 5s do not count towards this limit)
- Up to 15 people may now attend weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes or receptions. Wedding receptions must take place outdoors not including private gardens.
- Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (a rapid lateral flow test would need to be conducted).
- Continue to minimise travel and international holidays are not allowed.
Some restrictions were eased earlier in March during Step 1:
- Groups of up to 6 people or 2 households may meet outside, including in private gardens
- All pupils returned to schools and colleges
- The stay at home rule was lifted, but you should still minimise travel
However, other restrictions remain in place:
- Indoor mixing is not allowed (other than within households or bubbles)
- Indoor entertainment and attractions remain closed
- Indoor hospitality remains closed
- International holidays are not allowed
You can find more details of the current restrictions by visiting gov.uk/coronavirus
Step 3 of the easing of restrictions will begin no earlier than 17 May.