March 8, 2021

29 March - Step 1: All you need to know

The roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions regulates the gradual reopening of businesses over the next months, setting guidelines for each stage.

Dates are not fixed and restrictions will be eased only if certain conditions are met, for example, the state of the vaccine rollout.


That said, not much changed from the business perspective on Monday 8 March.

Businesses permitted to open remain the same as the ones currentlyallowed. Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues, pubs and restaurants will remain closed, but takeaway food is still permitted.

Only businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children, such as community centres, are now able to operate for children providing that they are necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care, or attend a support group.

On 29 March, people will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens, and the stay-at-home rule will end, yet people will be encouraged to stay local as much as possible.

Outdoor sports facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts and formally organised outdoor sports can also restart.

Parents and children groups can return, but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work

Finally, six people will be able to attend a wedding, in any circumstances.


You can find other useful guides here:

Reopening Safely Plan

Opening Safely FAQ

5 Steps to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in your workplace


Guidelines from the government

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