Boris Johnson outlined his “roadmap” out of national lockdown on 22 February.
The first changes were the reopening of schools for all age groups from 8 March, as well as two people being allowed to socialise outdoors.
Assuming that four “tests” are met, around vaccination rollout, vaccine efficacy, infection rates and the presence of any new variants of Covid-19, these initial relaxation measures will be followed by further easing.
From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed. Crucially, there will be change in the messaging: from “Stay at Home” to “Stay Local”.
But what does ‘Stay Local’ mean? Here are the key questions and answers.
What are the current rules?
Severe restrictions on travel and activities have been in place across the UK since we went into a third national lockdown in early January. While the four nations of the UK have slight differences in timing and rules, the basic principles are very similar.
The “Stay at Home” rule bans people from leaving or being outside the house “except where necessary”. Reasonable excuses to be away from home currently include shopping for basic necessities, going to work if you can’t work from home, volunteering, exercising, and attending childcare or education…