How are rules changing on 29 March in England?

From Monday 29th March certain covid restrictions are being relaxed in England. People will now be able to meet up legally outdoors in groups of six, or in two households, including in private gardens, and organised outdoor sport can resume. Rules are being relaxed/lifted in two stages as shown below:

Stage one (from 29 March):

  • People will be allowed to meet outside – including in private gardens – in groups of up to six, or as two households
  • The stay-at-home rule has ended, although the government asks that people stay local as much as possible; holidays are still not allowed
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming
  • Formally organised outdoor sports can restart
  • Weddings can take place, attended by up to six people

Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):

In two weeks time more restrictions will be lifted. This will allow – for example – the Wheatsheaf to reopen.

  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

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