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‘Stay at home’ ends

Today is the next stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown for England.

The ‘stay at home’ rule has ended, replaced by ‘stay local’, but many restrictions remain in place. The guidance reflects these changes. People should minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and should continue to work from home where they can.

Travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad are not allowed, given it remains important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.

From today:

  • people are able to meet outdoors, including in private gardens, either in a group of six (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
  • people can to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
  • childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
  • formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees, with children under five not counted in this number.

From 1 April, people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield.