Covid-19 Supporting our residents

New COVID guidance

From 8 March and 29 March step one of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown started.

This means that from 8 March:

  • Schools and colleges opened for all students as did practical higher education courses.
  • Recreation or exercise outdoors could take place with your own household or one other person but there should be no household mixing indoors.
  • Wraparound childcare and other children’s activities restarted .
  • Funerals were limited to 30 people and wakes and weddings to six.

From 29 March:

  • People aree able to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household. This applies in all outdoor settings, including private gardens.
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities reopened.
  • Organised outdoor sport allowed (children and adults).
  • Parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees (children under 5 do not count towards the limit.)
  • Minimise travel. No holidays.

From 12 April there is a further easing of restrictions

Business and activities

  • Opening of non-essential retail, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.

  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms can also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups

  • Opening of most outdoor attractions and settings, including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.

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

Hospitality venues
These are allowed to serve people outdoors. There will be 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 social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

More information is available on the Government’s roadmap webpage.