Coronavirus restrictions are easing nationally, in line with the Government’s four step roadmap.
Spring 2021 Road Map Step 2

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

Step 3 of the easing of restrictions will begin no earlier than 17 May.