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From 12th April

Current guidance

This applies to the whole of the UK

Things to Remember

Friends & Family

You are now permitted to meet with up to 6 people or 2 households outside. Continue to only socialise indoors with people you live with or those who are in your support bubble.

If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.

You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time.

There is separate guidance for support bubbles and childcare bubbles.

Care home residents are allowed two regular visitors provided they are tested (with a lateral flow test) and wear PPE.

Shielding can now stop. 

Food & Drink

Hospitality venues are now allowed to serve people outdoors and there is no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider household mixing rules still apply so you can only mix in groups of 6 or with two households. 


You should continue to work from home where you can.

If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. 


All primary, secondary schools and colleges are open. Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities are allowed, where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group.

Some university students on practical courses can return to face-to-face learning. All other students should continue to learn remotely and remain where they’re living until in-person teaching starts again, wherever possible. 


All childcare and supervised activities are 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 now travel outside your local area but continue to minimise travel.

Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, are also now open. 


Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and may take place indoors.




You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.

You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.

Exercise, sport & physical activity

You can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles, if eligible).

You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.

Gyms and leisure facilities have now reopened. 

Non-essential shops & leisure

Non-essential retail can now reopen and personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting.

Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen.

Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen.

Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place.

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