Rule changes: What you can and can’t do as lockdown 3 starts to relax

Posted on - 29th March, 2021 - 11:42am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Clouds and sunset at Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall
Clouds and sunset at Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall

The guidelines to staying safe during the pandemic have changed today, as the strategy to get the nation out of lockdown begins.


Lockdown 3 started shortly after New Year and in the last month, a step by step reopening plan was announced, with the rule of six being reintroduced today (Monday, 29 March).

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Read more: Lockdown 3 is easing- what’s happening and when

We have compiled a list of what can and can’t be done with the first stage of relaxing the rules.

What you can do:

  • Meet up in groups of six in outdoor spaces, including gardens (this is two households or six people). Guests can use the inside bathroom or walk through the house to get to the garden
  • Outdoor sport can resume- there is no limit on people meeting for organised team sport as long as they are playing
  • Tennis and basketball courts and open air swimming pools are allowed to open
  • The stay at home has been lifted meaning people can go out for non-essential reasons
  • You can travel anywhere in England- but no overnight stays or indoor activities
  • It is suggested people stay local still

What you can’t do:

  • Go to the pub- beer gardens should open in the next step no earlier than April 12
  • Hug people outside of your household or bubble
  • Go on holiday abroad or within your own country
  • Stay overnight at someone’s house
  • Be inside someone’s house for anything other than to use the bathroom or to get to the garden
  • Meet up with more than six people

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