What is the lockdown roadmap?

The government has announced a plan to get the UK out of lockdown by late June this year. Heralded as the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’, the four-step plan is set to begin on March 8 and will see restrictions gradually relaxed until a full return to ‘normal’ on June 21.

What’s happening?

The UK has been subject to lockdown restrictions for the best part of 12 months – and in full lockdown for a large proportion of that time – but it seems that there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

But with this latest round of lockdowns and the vaccine roll out helping to bring infection rates down, the government has this week unveiled its plan to get us all out of lockdown as quickly as possible.

The lifting of restrictions is set to begin on March 8, when the kids can start going back to school and we can all meet one other person outdoors. By March 29 this is extended to six people outdoors, and the restrictions lift gradually as we move into summer.

In the meantime, we all need to keep doing our bit, as the easing of restrictions are subject to the following four key tests:

  1. The vaccine program continues to roll out as planned
  2. Evidence must show that vaccines are effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths
  3. Infection rates don’t rise and risk a surge in hospitalisations
  4. The risk of new variants must not increase

Below are the key dates to keep in mind.

What are the key dates on the roadmap out of lockdown?

Our handy table outlines the key dates as we ease our way out of lockdown.

Step  Date  Education  Social Contact  Business & Activities  Travel and Events 
Step One (a)  March 8 





Schools and colleges open  Two people can meet outdoors 



Wraparound care, including sport, for all children 




Stay at home 

No holidays 

30 people at funerals 

Six people at weddings and wakes 

Step One (b)  March 29  Wraparound care (including sport) for all children  Rules of Six for two households outdoors  Organised outdoor sport (children and adults) allowed 

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities to open 

Minimal  travel 

Still no holidays 

Step 2  No earlier than April 12  As above  As above  All retail to reopen 

Salons, hairdressers and personal care 

Most outdoor attractions 

Indoor leisure, including gyms 

Outdoor hospitality 

Domestic overnight stays (same household only) 
Step 3  No earlier than May 17  As above  Maximum of 30 people outdoors 

Rule of Six or two households indoors 

Indoor hospitality to reopen 

Indoor entertainment and attractions  

Organised indoor sport (adults) 

Remaining accommodation 

Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances) 

Domestic overnight stays 

International travel (subject to review) 

30 people at occasions for most significant life events   

1,000 or 50% capacity at indoor events  

10,000 or 25% capacity at outdoor seated events 

4,000 or 50% capacity at other outdoor events 

Step 4  No earlier than June 21  As above  No legal limits  Remaining businesses, including nightclubs  International travel  

No legal limit on life events 

Larger events 


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