March 29th opens things up just a little more on the Covid lockdown roadmap.
What is Step 2?
Well, outdoor socialising rules change.
From Mar 29, six people from six different households are allowed to meet outside, meaning the so-called ‘rule of six’ returns. The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Alternatively, two households can meet outside. This means two families, who potentially together total more than six people, will be allowed to meet. This can happen in both outdoor public spaces and in back gardens.
The ‘stay at home’ guidance will be dropped and a significant loosening in how far people can travel to see someone outside.
While people will still be encouraged to minimise travel, there are no punishments for someone who drives a few hours for a meet-up outside, then returns that day.
Outdoor organised sports for both adults and children will also return – so socially distanced sports like golf and tennis and team sports can return. The sports must be organised. Open-air swimming pools will also be allowed to reopen