Lockdown roadmap - what changed on 12 April?

15 April 2021

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It is important that we all follow the government rules out of lockdown and we really appreciate the efforts that you are making.

We know that changes can be hard to keep track of so we've put together a quick summary of what you can and cannot do from 12 April.

The rules below apply to England only; there are different rules for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Please read our other Student News article if you would like to find out what facilities are open on our campuses and remind yourself of the ways we are keeping everyone safe.

What can I do from Monday 12 April?

  • You can shop at non-essential retailers and personal care premises, such as hairdressers
  • You can visit public buildings such as libraries and community centres
  • You can visit outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • You can sit down to eat and drink at hospitality venues, in groups of up to 6 or two households, for outdoor and table service only
  • You can use indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms, for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • You can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation in England with your household or support bubble
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible and no international holidays are permitted

Please check the latest government rules on meeting up with other people.

  • The rule of 6 still applies, so you can meet outside with up to five other people or in groups from a maximum of two households
  • You should still socially distance from anyone not in your household or support bubble
  • It remains illegal to mix indoors with members of any other household
  • Please continue to follow social distancing and other safe behaviours, such as wearing face coverings and regular hand washing.

More information on what a support bubble is and who can form one can be found on the Keeping each other safe page of our Coronavirus webpages.

Please note that all dates are subject to Government review and may change. You can also read the full Government roadmap.