National guidance

Last updated 12 April 2021

We're in Step 2 of the Prime Minister's Roadmap out of lockdown, a 4-step plan that explains how restrictions will be lifted over time. 

Spring roadmap 4-step summary [pdf]

Step 2 summary [pdf]

Meeting others:

  • you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)

From 12 April more businesses and venues can reopen including:

  • non-essential retail
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres
  • outdoor hospitality venues with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts)
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble

You can do unlimited exercise outdoors but there are limits on the number of people you can exercise with. It can be either:

  • on your own
  • in a group of up to 6 people
  • in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and their support bubbles, if eligible)

Indoor leisure facilities may open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.

You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.

Further information is available on the Government website.

You should follow national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.


  • when a service is taking place indoors you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain social distancing at all times, staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.


  • when a service is taking place outdoors, you must not mingle in groups larger than 6, except for groups from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible). You should maintain strict social distancing from other groups and households at all times.

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies may continue to take place in licensed buildings that are permitted to open. This applies to Worksop, Newark, Mansfield, West Bridgford and Arnot Hill Registration Offices. The permitted numbers attending the ceremony depends on the size of the room and also what is possible when adhering to the social distancing rules. It may be possible to have up to 15 people, including the bridal couple, but this does vary on the circumstances and could be less. Please contact your venue to discuss how this will affect you.

Funerals and linked commemorative events

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

There is guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.

You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.

  • you can stay overnight in a campsite, caravan, boat, second home, or other self-contained accommodation. This should only be with your household or support bubble.
  • self-contained accommodation has reopened for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • further guidance on hotels and other guest accommodation is available for self-contained holiday accommodation that is able to reopen

Travelling within England

  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • there is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.

International travel

You can only travel internationally from England where you have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK, such as work. International holidays are not permitted.

If you do need to travel overseas (and are legally permitted to do so), you may be required to complete a mandatory outbound ‘Declaration to Travel’ form. You must state your reasons for travel on the form before leaving the UK.

Pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings can return to face-to-face education.

  • all children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.

  • parent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors, with restrictions on numbers attending.

Find out more on the Government website.

  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test). These visitors will need to take a rapid lateral flow test provided by the care home and receive a negative result before each visit. Physical contact should be kept to a minimum. Full guidance on care home visiting is available on the Government website.
  • there is separate guidance for those in supported living.

Further information:

Clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.

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