Lockdown roadmap - what does it mean for me this month?

8 March 2021

Harcourt Hill Campus, three students walk up some steps into the campus grounds

We really appreciate the efforts that you are making to follow the current lockdown rules.

On Monday 8 March, the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown began. We know that changes can be hard to keep track of so we've put together a quick summary of the key dates you need to know about in March.

The lockdown roadmap steps apply to England only, there are different rules for the devolved nations: 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 8 March?

  • University students on practical courses who need to access specialist facilities and equipment can return to in-person teaching and learning from this date
  • You will have received an email on Friday 26 February if your programme is one of those returning from this date
  • You can now meet outside, in public spaces but not private gardens, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble, for social reasons. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household  
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person from outside your household, or with your household or support bubble. This has been permitted throughout the current lockdown
  • Schools and colleges have reopened and you can use wraparound childcare
  • Stay at home guidance still applies so you should only be leaving your home for specific reasons such as to attend campus, for Covid-19 testing, attending medical appointments, groceries, to meet one other person outside, etc
  • It's important to remember that you cannot meet with more than one other person that you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless you have a permitted reason
  • Please continue to follow social distancing, by staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, 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.

What can I do from Monday 29 March?

  • ‘Rule of 6’ applies (outdoors only); this means that you can meet with up to five other people outside. Two households can also meet outside. Outdoor spaces include private gardens from this date. When meeting you still need to maintain social distancing.
  • You will be able to use outdoor sport and leisure facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools
  • You can take part in organised outdoor sports provided that they follow the guidance issued by national governing bodies
  • If you are a parent, you can now take part in outdoor parent and child groups, these are limited to 15 attendees but children under the age of five do not count towards this limit
  • You should continue to minimise travel wherever possible, avoiding the busiest times and routes and following safer travel guidance when travel is necessary. You should not stay away from home overnight. Holidays abroad are not permitted. 
  • Students are permitted to return home once during the Spring break (Easter), but should remain at University where possible.
  • Please continue to follow social distancing and other safe behaviours, such as wearing face coverings and regular hand washing.

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