Latest Government Covid Guidance - The Roadmap
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 09:50
Restrictions will be lifted through a series of four steps and progress through the roadmap will be dependent on an assessment of the data against four key tests including continued vaccine rollout, reductions in hospitalisations and deaths, level of infection rates and additional risks posed by new variants.
From 8 March, all schools will reopen with school sport allowed as part of educational provision and wraparound care. From this date, outdoor recreation will also be able to take place alone, with your household or support bubble or with one person from another household.
From 29 March, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming pools will be able to reopen for use in line with wider social contact limits. Organised outdoor sports for both adults and children will also be able to resume with any numbers, where this takes place under NGB guidance.
The rule of six for outdoor gatherings will return from this date and will include informal outdoor sport and recreation.
Step 2 will begin no earlier than 12 April and will allow indoor facilities to reopen including gyms, leisure centres and community centre for use individually or with household groups. Indoor sporting activities for children will be able to take place. Outdoor hospitality will also be able to reopen at this step.
Step 3 will start from 17 May at the earliest, at which point organised adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will be able to resume. This stage will also see the return of some spectators at sporting events.
Indoor events will be able to have 1,000 people or 50% of a venue's capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor events will be able to take place at a capacity of 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower. For large, outdoor venues, crowds will be permitted up to 10,000 people or 25% of capacity, whichever is lower.
Step 4 will take place no earlier than 21 June and will remove all legal limits on social contact with events taking place at capacity restrictions above those in Step 3.
Currently, England is still in a national lockdown. The full guidance outlining what you can and can't do is available on the government's website.
During this period you must not leave your home unless you have a 'reasonable excuse' as set out in law. A reasonable excuse includes, but is not limited to:
- Work – where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home
- Volunteering – to provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- Exercise – which should be limited to once a day, further information is outlined below.
You can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public place. This can be done alone, with members of your household or support bubble, or when on your own, with one person from another household. When exercising with someone you do not live with you must maintain 2 metres social distancing. Where this is not possible you should stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions, such as wearing a face covering. Outdoor exercise should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area to exercise, although you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary, e.g. to access an open space. You can only leave your home to exercise and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, such as a social meeting.
Organised outdoor sport must not take place. However, this can continue for disabled people.
Venues and facilities
Both indoor and outdoor leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls and golf courses must close. Indoor and outdoor facilities are able to open to allow elite sports persons to train and compete. A full list of businesses and venues required to close is outlined here.