LOCKDOWN rules will be easing again from April 12 - if all goes to plan. 

On March 8, pupils returned to the classroom for the first time this year and groups of two were able to meet up socially.

On March 29, groups of six were allowed to meet up outdoors and outside sport reopened again for the first time this year.  

Read more about the current rules here>>>

Boris Johnson announced the ‘road map’ out of lockdown in February where he set out key dates where coronavirus restrictions would be relaxed in England.

Here’s what is reopening on April 12:

  • Non-essential retail 
  • Hairdressers and nail salons
  • Public buildings  - like libraries and community centres 
  • Indoor leisure like gyms but only for people to use on their own or in hoursehold groups 
  • Outside beer gardens and hospitality venues 
  • Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas
  • Self-contained accommodation like campsites, holiday lets and indoor facilities that are not shared with other households 


Customers will not need to order a substantial meal and there will be no 10pm curfew. 

However, hospitality venues must offer table service only so that customers will order, eat and drink at their tables. 


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.