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Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

For a summary of the rules at each step of the roadmap visit the Government's Roadmap out of Lockdown page

Step 2 - 12 April

Rules in brief:

  • Indoor leisure, including gyms, are open for use individually or in household groups.
  • Rule of Six or two households. No household mixing indoors
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can open
  • Libraries and community centres can open
  • Personal care premises can open, such as hair salons
  • All retail can now open
  • Outdoor hospitality venues can open, including such as pub gardens and restaurants with outdoor seating
  • All children’s activities can open, including indoor parent and child groups with up to 15 parents
  • Domestic overnight stays are allowed, as long as it is just one household
  • Self-contained accommodation can be used by single households
  • Up to 30 people can attend funerals and 15 can attend wakes, weddings and receptions
  • People should minimise travel. Overseas holidays are not allowed
  • Event pilots can begin


Meeting people outdoors and limited reasons for indoor meeting

The rules have not changed in relation to meeting with people indoors.

You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless they are part of your support bubble (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.

Support bubbles

Support bubbles are still in place.

If you are eligible to form one, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors.

This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.

Close contact and hugging with people not in your support bubble

This is still not allowed. This will come at a later stage.

Leisure, hospitality and shopping

Gyms and leisure facilities reopening

Indoor gyms will be open but you will only be able to exercise on your own or with members of your household. Social distancing will need to be maintained.

Indoor sports

Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will reopen but only for use by people on their own or in household groups.

Indoor sports facilities including changing rooms will remain closed unless an exemption applies.

For example you can't join an indoor workout class or play squash using an indoor court.

Exemptions that allow people to use indoor sports and leisure facilities

As a rule, you must not meet indoors for sport;

Except for:

  • disability sport
  • sports as part of the curriculum in education
  • supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), this should be limited to 15 participants.
  • Elite sportspeople (or those on an official elite sports pathway) can meet in larger groups or meet indoors to compete and train. They can be joined by their coaches if necessary, or their parents and guardians if they’re under 18.

Rules while visiting hairdressers and personal care

Hair and beauty salons will be open and they are expected to have systems and precautions in place to ensure your safety such as asking you to wear a face covering

Alcohol and food while in a hospitality setting

This time the rules say that a substantial meal is not required, but you will only be able to;

  • drink
  • eat

outside the pub/restaurant, and it will be table service only.

Remember the rule of 6 or 2 households when outdoors. (In England children of all ages are included in the rule of 6 if the group is comprised of individuals from more than two households).

Using indoor bathroom facilities while at a hospitality setting

Toilets will remain open but access will need to be carefully managed.

You must follow the rules implemented by the venue.

The following precautionary measures are advised:

  • Consider the use of social distancing marking in areas where queues normally form, and the adoption of a limited entry approach, with one in, one out (whilst avoiding the creation of additional bottlenecks)
  • To enable good hand hygiene consider making hand sanitiser available on entry to toilets where safe and practical, and ensure suitable handwashing facilities including running water and liquid soap and suitable options for drying (either paper towels or hand driers) are availabl
  • Set clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets, with increased frequency of cleaning in line with usag
  • Use normal cleaning products, paying attention to frequently hand-touched surfaces, and consider use of disposable cloths or paper roll to clean all hard surface
  • Keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by fixing doors/windows open where appropriate
  • Special care should be taken for cleaning of portable toilets and larger toilet blocks. Putting up a visible cleaning schedule can keep it up-to-date and visible
  • Provide more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection.

Social distancing in shops

The rules stay the same here in terms of social distancing and wearing a mask inside the store, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

Safety of opening up the economy

Cases are constantly being monitored and moving from stage to stage is dependent on these findings. Restrictions will only be lifted if the data suggests that this is appropriate.


Rules about meeting other parents and children indoors such as soft play

Indoor children’s activities (such as soft play) will be open with social distancing in place. Parent and child groups can have up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number).

There is no specific guidance but a sensible approach being adopted by many such facilities include;

  • limiting the number of children at play activities at any one time
  • and, where possible, restricting these play activities to family groups or existing ‘support or playgroup bubbles’.

Venues are expected to have a range of measures in place including ensuring that indoor play equipment is being cleaned frequently. Children should be encouraged/assisted to clean their hands before and after the play activity.

Parents/guardians will need to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while within the facility.

The facility should also maintain an attendance ‘register’ with time in and out of the play centre, for contact tracing purposes should a case subsequently be identified.


No indoor mixing is allowed at this stage between different households.

Holidays and attractions

Can I go on holiday now? If so, where can I stay and how long can I stay away from home for? Can we meet others for overnight stays?

You can stay in self-catering accommodation anywhere in England within your household as long as you are not sharing facilities with others.

This includes caravan sites, however shared bathing facilities may be operated on a booking system

You cannot stay with people not in your household or support bubble.
There are no restrictions on the length of your stay.

Visiting a second/holiday home

Yes, you can visit your holiday home with your household or support bubble as long as not sharing facilities with other households.

There are no restrictions on how long you can stay.

Visiting attractions

Theme parks, zoos and other outdoor attractions will be open but the restrictions on outdoor mixing will still apply i.e. the rule of 6 or 2 households.

The general principles of ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ will need to continue.



You can now have 15 people at your wedding.

Entertainment at weddings including dancefloors and performers

Wedding ceremonies of up to 15 people are allowed in venues that are open. However, use of face masks and social distancing rules still apply in indoor ceremony venues.

Wedding receptions are still limited to outdoor venues and guests should be seated in groups of no more than 6 or 2 household groups with tables at least 2m apart.

Dancing is not permitted except for the married couples ‘first dance’.

Socially distanced outdoor performances to a live audience, with strict social distancing arrangements in place, can take place in line with the guidance on performing arts from Step 2.

A solo or small number of performers is preferable and all should be socially distanced.

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