Lockdown 3 is easing- what’s happening and when

Posted on - 22nd February, 2021 - 5:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News
The Prime Minister gives an update on the UK's fight against coronavirus Pic: 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister gives an update on the UK’s fight against coronavirus Pic: 10 Downing Street

Boris Johnson has today announced his road map to easing the nation out of lockdown 3.


Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris said that he will begin ‘cautiously’ lifting the tight restrictions imposed in January with each decision being decided by the data.

Below is a run down of what is hoped to happen to get back to normality safely.

The latest coronavirus stats in your area can be seen below

March 8– All schools and colleges will return on this date. Wrap around childcare like after schools clubs can start from this date. People will also be allowed to meet another person outside for coffee and sitting on benches. Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor that they can hold hands with.

The Stay at Home order will stay in place.

Read more: Tracking Preston and South Ribble’s Covid infection rate through February

March 29- The Rule of Six will for outdoor gatherings will return. From this date outdoor sport will also return, with children and adults allowed to take part. Outdoor parent and child groups will be allowed to meet up with a maximum of 15 parents.

It is hoped the Stay at Home order can move towards encouraging people to stay local instead. Working from home will continue and no overseas travel will be allowed.

No earlier than April 12- Non-essential retail businesses, as well as hair and beauty salons, museums, libraries, theme parks and zoos. Indoor leisure facilities like gyms will reopen for use individually or within household groups.

This is also the provisional date for reopening hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants, but only for outdoor dining and drinking. There will be no substantial meal requirement and no curfew in place.

Weddings will rise from 6 to 15, with 30 people allowed at funerals and wakes.

People may also be allowed to travel to self-contained accommodation with their own households as well as domestic overnight stays.

No earlier than May 17- It is expected that most social contact rules for outdoor meet-ups will be removed here. It will remain illegal to have gatherings of more than 30 people. Indoor mixing will also be allowed, following the Rule of Six or two household groups.

Indoor hospitality should be able to reopen at this point, which include cinemas, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Rule of Six will stay in place for hospitality. Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, wakes and funerals.

International travel could also begin to start again, subject to a review. There is also hope that large events can start up from this date.

This would include indoor events of up to 1,000 people (or 50% of a venue’s capacity), or outside events of 4,000 people (or 50% capacity).

See the latest Covid vaccine stats and information

No earlier than June 21- From this date it is hoped that all limits on social contact will be removed. It is hoped nightclubs can be reopened and there will no restrictions on large events and performances.

All life events, like weddings, are expected to have no legal limit.

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