All lockdown changes coming from March 29 – including Rule of Six

The lockdown restrictions in England are about to change as we move further along Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

On Monday, March 29, England will enter the second stage of “Step One” on the roadmap.

England has been in national lockdown since January 2020, and a strict Stay At Home order has been in place.

The first stage of the easing of lockdown started on March 8, when children started returning to school.

At the same time care home residents were allowed one regular visit from a family member or friend.

The rules have also changed recently so that people can leave their homes for recreation outdoors, not just for exercise, with one person from another household.

As part of Step One, there will be further limited changed from March 29. Here is how that will affect you

Rules from March 29

Perhaps the biggest change on March 29 is that the Stay at Home Order will end.

The Stay at Home order meant people were only allowed to go outside once a day, or if you had a “reasonable excuse”.

This will be replaced by a new Stay Local directive, which means you should minimise travel and try to stay local.

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The government website adds: “People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.”

From March 29 there will also be a change to social contact.

The rule of six will return, which means you can meet up to five other people, or two households of any size, outside.

This can be in a public place such as a park, or in private gardens.

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You still have to stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.

Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketballs courts, golf courses, bowling greens and outdoor swimming pools, will also reopen.

Organised sport, like grassroots football, can also return from March 29.

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Indoor facilities, such as changing rooms, will remain shut, although toilets can be accessed.

These gatherings should only include participants, not spectators.

All non-essential international travel will still be banned, apart from for a limited number of reasons.

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