What are the Covid rule changes from today?

As part of the roadmap out of lockdown, the 'Stay at Home' message has now been dropped and two households can now mix outdoors.

Social contact
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, can reopen, and people are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

The ‘stay at home’ rule has ended - but many restrictions remain in place.

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad are allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

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