On February 22nd the Prime Minister announced the government’s four-step roadmap offering a route back to a more normal life. The success of the vaccination programme together with the positive effect of the National lockdown means it will be possible to begin relaxing the current strict movement controls.

From 8 March, people in England saw restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offered a route back to a more normal life. A detailed explanation of the four stages can be found at GOV.UK.


On July 5th the Prime Minister confirmed that lifting of restrictions as per Step 4 of the Roadmap will proceed as planned on Monday 19th July with certain exceptions. The PM stressed that while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.and this is why key protections are being kept in place.

From August 16th, most Covid restrictions in schools - including "bubbles" - will end. From the same date, fully vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

Full details of the lifting of restrictions and those that will remain in place are available from GOV.UK.

A complete guide to what you can and cannot do from July 19th is available at bbc.co.uk

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