The latest on the ROADMAP steps set out by the government
Latest Updates – Step 4 from 19 July 2021
Step 4 will take place following a further review of the data against the four tests. As before, the Government will announce one week in advance whether restrictions will be eased as planned.
At least five weeks after Step 3, no earlier than 21 June. By Step 4, the Government hopes to be able to introduce the following (subject to review):
- No legal limits on social contact
- Larger events.
- No legal limit on life events.
With appropriate mitigations in place, by Step 4, the Government aims to:
a. Remove all legal limits on social contact, publishing accompanying guidance on how best to reduce the risk of transmission and protect ourselves and loved ones;
b. Reopen the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances, above the Step 3 capacity restrictions, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme and potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection, subject to further evaluation; and
c. Remove all limits on weddings and other life events, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme.
- Weddings can take place in indoor settings
- Weddings may now take place in COVID-secure venues.
- The number of people that can attend a wedding depends on how well social distancing measures can be implemented.
- A covid risk assessment must also be done by the organiser.
- These events must also adhere to some restrictions, regardless of the venue type; table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing.
- Inside private homes or gardens, restrictions must adhere to wider social contact rules of no more than 6 people or 2 households.
- Outdoor marquees must have 50% of its wall open to not be classed as indoors
Travel changes from 19 July (international and domestic)
– Fully vaccinated won’t need to self-isolate on return from amber list countries
It has been announced that from 19 July the fully vaccinated (double-jabbed) and under 18s will not need to quarantine on arrival to the UK from amber list countries. A test will need to be taken 3 days before flying back, and one will need to be taken on 2nd day after arrival. To be considered fully vaccinated, a period of 14 days must have passed since the last jab. The only proof of vaccination the government will accept is on the NHS Covid-19 app or certificate.
The overall ban on travel to amber countries will also be lifted, meaning those who are not fully vaccinated could travel but will need to self-isolate for 10 days on return. However, travellers are reminded that other countries may have their own rules for travelling there such as France, who are only allowing fully vaccinated Brits, and Hong Kong has a full ban on all Brits flying there.
From 16 August, the fully vaccinated and under 18s won’t need to self-isolate if informed that they have been in contact with a positive COVID case. Under 18s are exempt so as not to disrupt their education. The government is hoping to have double jabbed more people by August. Anyone double jabbed just before or after 16 August, must wait two weeks before they won’t need to self-isolate if notified, so the vaccine has time to build protection in the immune system. Testing twice a week with a rapid lateral test will still be advised even for the fully vaccinated.
– Face coverings on public transport from will remain compulsory
From 19 July, the mayor has requested that face coverings remain being used on all TfL public transport, after the government lifts restrictions. Wearing a face covering on transport and for the journey duration is a simple and effective way of reducing the spread of the virus and will give passengers confidence and reassurance to use transport services again and get back into London. Other countries are also requiring the use of masks on public transport.
Enforcement officers will be on the network reminding TfL users to wear masks. This rule will be continuously reviewed. The transport secretary has supported this, and Andy Byford, the TfL Commissioner, is in agreement with the Mayor about this approach.
In the meantime TfL’s continue to ensure that the public transport network is cleaner than ever before, with regular independent testing by Imperial College showing no traces of Covid, and they look forward to safely welcoming back customers to their services as Londoners head out to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
The Roadmap so far: Step 1: March 2021
On 8 March 2021, the first stages of the Government’s roadmap came into effect:
Step 1: 8 March 2021
- Schools and colleges are open for all students. Practical Higher Education Courses.
- Recreation or exercise outdoors with household or one other person. No household mixing indoors.
- Wraparound childcare.
- Stay at home.
- Funerals (up to 30 people), wakes and weddings (up to 6 people)
29 March 2021
- Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.
- Outdoor sport and leisure facilities.
- Organised outdoor sport allowed (children and adults).
- Minimise travel. No holidays.
- Outdoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).
From 8 March, the Stay at Home restriction continued but was amended so that people can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors – with their own household, support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household. Social distancing and other safe behaviours continue.
In England, travel abroad for holidays will still not be permitted and, from 8 March, outbound travellers are legally obliged to provide their reason for travel on the Declaration to Travel form.
Step 2: 12 April 2021
During w/c 5 April 2021, the Government will set out if it is safe to proceed to Step 2.
At least five weeks after Step 1, no earlier than 12 April.
- Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups.
- Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.
- Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
- Libraries and community centres.
- Personal care premises.
- All retail.
- Outdoor hospitality.
- All children’s activities, indoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).
- Domestic overnight stays (household only).
- Self-contained accommodation (household only).
- Funerals (for up to 30 people), wakes, weddings and receptions (for up to 15 people).
- Minimise travel. No international holidays.
- Event pilots begin.
As set out above, around four weeks is required to see the impact of the previous step in the data and the Government has committed to provide a further week’s notice to businesses. Step 2 will therefore take place no earlier than 12 April, subject to an assessment of the data against the four tests. If Step 2 is delayed, subsequent steps will need to be pushed back in order to maintain the necessary five week period to assess the impact of each step and provide notice.
This step will reopen some sections of our indoor economy and more outdoor settings.
Social contact rules in England will not change further at this point. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt.
Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. Activities such as driving tests may also resume.
The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events. The rules on social contact outdoors will apply in these settings.
Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
All newly open settings must abide by the social contact rules. The Government will continue to enforce restrictions and require businesses to demonstrate robust strategies for managing the risk of transmission and to ensure social distancing rules are followed. Local authorities and the police will continue to provide support and advice to newly reopened settings, enabling them to operate safely. Where businesses do not follow the rules, the appropriate enforcement action will be taken, say Government.
People should continue to work from home where they can, minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays will still be prohibited.
Step 3: 17 May 2021
Step 3 will take place no earlier than 17 May, and at least five weeks after Step 2, following a further review of the data and the four tests. Again, the Government will announce one week in advance whether restrictions will be eased as planned.
At least five weeks after Step 2, no earlier than 17 May.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions.
- 30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households (subject to review).
- Domestic overnight stays.
- Organised indoor adult sport.
- Most significant life events (30).
- Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances).
- Remaining accommodation.
- Some large events (expect for pilots) – capacity limits apply.
- Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%.
- Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%.
- Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%.
- International travel – subject to review.
In Step 3, all but the most high-risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and premises must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits. Sectors which will reopen include:
a. Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain;
b. Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas;
c. Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas;
d. Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs;
e. Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes; and
f. Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events. Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% 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% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower. In addition, pilots will run as part of the Events Research Programme to examine how such events can take place without the need for social distancing using other mitigations such as testing.
At this step, weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees. A broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
At Step 3, the Government will further ease limits on social contact, enabling the public to make informed personal decisions. It will remain important for people to consider the risks for themselves, taking into account whether they and those they meet have been vaccinated or are at greater risk.
The Government will lift most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household, though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data. People will be asked to follow guidance on how to meet safely, for example by minimising the size of gatherings and meeting outdoors where possible.
The Government will continue to advise the public to work from home where they can.
The Global Travel Taskforce will report on 12 April with recommendations aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as possible while still managing the risk from imported cases and Variants of Concern. Following that, the Government will determine when international travel should resume, which will be no earlier than 17 May.
Summary of what is currently permitted as of 21 June 2021
- Outdoors, most social contact rules have been lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 are illegal. Indoors, the rule of six or a larger group of up to two households is allowed
- Indoor hospitality reopened – pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys, museums, galleries, concert halls, children play areas, hotels, B&Bs – and indoor exercise classes allowed
- People can make a personal choice on whether to social distance when seeing friends and family – but should remain cautious
- Outdoor large performances and sporting events must have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or must only be half full, whichever is lower*
- Bigger sports stadiums are allowed 10,000 people or can only be a quarter full, whichever is lower*
- *Testing will be used to support these openings
- Weddings, wedding receptions, wakes, bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings are allowed with 30 people
- Funerals are allowed with as many people as a COVID-secure venue can accommodate with social distancing
- Care home residents can have up to five named visitors – two at a time – if visitors have tested negative
- Remaining university students to return to campus, with new home testing kits to be provided to increase testing uptake and help limit virus transmission
- Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits increased to 30 people (not including under-5s)
- Legal restriction or permitted reason requirement to travel internationally has been lifted – but traffic light system applies.