A way forward has been planned - but what restrictions
will be lifted first?
8 March: All school and college students in all year groups can go
back to the classroom from 8 March, with outdoor after-school sports and
activities also allowed to restart.
29 March: the Government will allow outdoor sports facilities to
reopen, broadening the options for outdoor exercise and recreation. These
facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, and swimming pools, can
be used by people in line with the wider social contact limits. Formally
organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can
also restart and will not be subject to the limits on gathering size, but they
should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies. The
“rule of six” will return, along with a new two-household rule. This will
allow either six people from a maximum of six separate households to meet
in outdoor settings such as parks and private gardens from 29 March, or a
maximum of two households, regardless of the number of people. This means
friends and family members will be able to sit down for a coffee or have a
picnic in the park, something not currently allowed under lockdown.
The government’s “stay at home” slogan will be replaced by “stay local” at
this point, but people will still be encouraged to work from home and
minimise all travel where possible.
Care home residents will be allowed a single visitor from this date, with
visitors required to take a lateral flow test and wear personal protective
equipment. Since the Friends of the Mole is not a formally organised
Outdoor Sport we have convened zoom trail quizzes up until now in order to
avoid the possibility of running contrary to the guidance
No earlier than 12 April: The hospitality industry, including pubs and
restaurants, is expected to reopen outdoors with the rule of six or new
two-household rule in force.
There will be no curfew or restrictions on alcohol only being served with a
substantial meal, however customers must be seated.
Non-essential retail, hairdressers, barbers and nail salons, will all
reopen, as will gyms, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas, public
libraries, community centres and self-contained holiday accommodation.
Funerals will be allowed to take place with a maximum of 30 people, while
weddings will resume with up to 15 attendees.
This is where we shall be within the
guidelines as anticipated in the Roadmap.
No earlier than 17 May: Gatherings of up to 30 people will be permitted
outdoors at this point. However, the rule of six and two-household rule
will apply indoors as people are allowed to meet inside for the first time
Pubs and restaurants will reopen indoors, as will cinemas,
children’s play areas, hotels and B&Bs.
Some large events will be able to take place, including conferences,
theatre and concert performances and sports events.
Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50 per cent of a venue’s
capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events
with a capacity of either 50 per cent or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
The government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor,
seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000
people or 25 per cent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.
Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals,
and commemorative events, including wakes. A broader range of stand-alone
life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and
No earlier than 21 June: All legal limits on social contact will be
lifted from 21 June at the earliest.
Once social distancing is completely eased, nightclubs should be able to
reopen and restrictions on events and live performances, including
weddings, will finally being lifted.
What four conditions must be met in
determining timing of the restrictions?
The timetable for lifting restrictions will be subject to four tests at
each stage of easing measures, including the success of the vaccination
rollout, the effectiveness of the vaccination programme at reducing
hospital admissions and deaths, infection rates and the impact of any new
The government will also conduct four reviews, including looking at
coronavirus status certificates to allow people to prove if they have had a
vaccine or negative test result, pilots of large events, international
travel, and the withdrawal of social distancing measures and face masks.
Useful documents are available by following
the links (Ctrl+Click).
RESPONSE - SPRING 2021
Athletics Coronavirus updates
England return to play
Isolation Hashing guide
Hashing Risk Assessment
19 Self Declaration Form / Track and Trace