On the 22nd February 2021, the government announced a roadmap out of lockdown which included four key steps. After successfully proceeding through the first three steps, we are now in the final stage.
Step Four Since 19 July, England moved into the last phase of the government roadmap. This means that:
There are no legal limits on social contact – outdoors, in private homes and in public indoor settings, such as restaurants.
Remaining venues and businesses, such as nightclubs, can reopen and restrictions on large events and performances such as theatre shows have been lifted.
COVID-status certificates are not required, by law, as a condition of entry to any setting, though organisations and businesses may ask for proof of a negative test or vaccination status, as long as they meet existing legal obligations.
The legal requirements to wear a face-covering have been lifted. However, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended that you should wear a face-covering when you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
Social distancing rules have been lifted.
The previous three steps involved a gradual reopening of businesses and attractions. By the end of March, the ‘Stay at home’ rule had ended, and outdoor gatherings of up to six people were allowed.
On the 12th of April, we entered Step Two where more restrictions were lifted and indoor leisure facilities, shops and outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks were allowed to open. Domestic holidays in self-contained accommodations like lodges and holiday cottages were also permitted.
From mid-May, Step Three allowed for indoor attractions like cinemas and museums to open, and restaurants, pubs and bars could provide indoor seating for groups of up to six. Hotels and campsites could also reopen and large performances (with restrictions) could take place.
Freedom Day has finally come around, and many of us are excited to resume socialising and exploring once more. So to make sure our newfound freedom is as beneficial to everyone and everything as can be, we’ve put together some tips on how to look after people, businesses, animals and the environment, and take responsibility for ourselves and our surroundings when on our travels.
When out and about in England, follow the countryside code – respect everyone around you, protect the environment and enjoy the great outdoors.
Avoid tourist hotspots where you can and check out England’s hidden gems instead.
Be kind to staff and locals, and support local independent businesses where you can.
Make sure we're keeping ourselves and others safe by washing your hands regularly, wearing face coverings in crowded, indoor spaces and respecting people’s personal space.
Plan and book ahead, and pre-book tickets where needed. Be sure to take a look at our guidance on holidaying in England before planning a trip, and check individual websites in advance before starting your journey.
Look out for the We’re Good to Go mark – it shows businesses that are operating in line with government and public health COVID guidance.
You can also find out what’s happening in cities, towns, counties and regions across England using the links in our map below.