Roadmap out of lockdown
The Government has published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the national lockdown.
This includes a four step plan for the reopening of venues and businesses.
For a full list of businesses and venues that must remain closed, please see the GOV.UK website.
Businesses allowed to reopen
Step 2: from 12 April
More businesses and venues have been allowed to reopen. Social contact limits apply: people attending must do so as a single household or bubble indoors or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.
The following venues are able to reopen:
- non-essential retail such as clothing stores and tailors, charity and antique shops, homeware and carpet stores, showrooms, electronic goods shops, florists and plant nurseries, retail travel agents, photography stores, remaining auction houses and markets, tobacco and vape stores, betting shops (subject to additional measures) and car washes
- personal care facilities and close contact services such as hair beauty and nail salons, body and skin piercing services, tattoo studios, spas and massage centres (except for saunas and steam rooms), holistic therapy and tanning salons
- indoor sports and leisure facilities for individual exercise (within a household or support bubble) including gyms and leisure centres, sports courts, swimming pools, dance studios and fitness centres, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas, archery venues and climbing wall centres
- self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen if the accommodation is used only by a single household or support bubble. There is further guidance available for hotels and other guest accommodation
- outdoor areas at hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs, with restrictions in place.
- outdoor attractions at adventure parks, zoos, drive-in events subject to distancing measures, fairgrounds, museums and galleries, recreation venues, theme parks and water parks
- public buildings such as community halls and libraries
- Businesses hosting childcare and supervised activities can open for all children
- Businesses operating within a closed venue such as as gift shop or takeaway kiosk at an indoor museum may only open where they are a self contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street
For more information, see the GOV.UK website section on step 2.
Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May
More settings will be permitted to open. Social limits of a group of 6 people or two households indoors; or in a group of no more than 30 people outdoors will still apply.
- indoor areas of hospitality venues will reopen but table service will be required
- indoor entertainment and visitor attractions will reopen including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, bingo halls, casinos, bowling alleys and snooker and pool halls
- indoor and outdoor attractions will reopen at museums and galleries, adventure playgrounds, recreation venues, play areas, water parks, theme parks, animal attractions, botanical gardens, landmarks and heritage sites, historic homes
- conference centres and exhibition halls can reopen for conferences, exhibitions, tradeshows and private dining inline with capacity limits
- indoor events and remaining outdoor events will be permitted subject to capacity limits
- remaining holiday accommodation can reopen as well as saunas and steam rooms
- indoor team sport and group exercise will return
For more information, see the GOV.UK website section on Step 3.
Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June
The Government hopes to reopen remaining venues such as nightclubs and lift the restrictions on social contact and large events.
More information is available on the GOV.UK website section on Step 4.
Financial support available
Businesses affected by the recent national lockdown can apply for Covid grants.