On Monday 12 April, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do in England are changing as we move into STEP 2 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.

Here's what changed on 12 April:

    • non-essential retail reopened

    • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons reopened

    • public buildings such as libraries and community centres reopened

    • outdoor hospitality venues were able to reopen, with table service only

    • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) were able to reopen

    • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds are now able to take place

    • indoor leisure and sports facilities were able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble

    • all childcare and supervised activities are now allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)

    • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens

    • self-contained accommodation opened for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble

    • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible

    • care home residents can nominate two named individuals for indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test) - please check the local arrangements with the individual care home.

You should:

    • continue to work from home if you can.

    • minimise domestic travel where you can. International holidays are still illegal.

Social contact:

There are no changes to social contact rules at this stage and many restrictions are still in place.

Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households - this includes outdoor settings and venues

Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups - you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

Safe behaviours:

As restrictions ease, we must all remember that #Covid19 remains a part of our lives.

You should:

  • carry on with HANDS, FACE, SPACE, FRESH AIR

  • follow COVID-Secure measures that remain in place at different steps

  • watch out for symptoms & get tested when needed

  • get vaccinated when offered


We are currently at Step 2 of the Government 'Roadmap';

Steps and details of each stage:

  • STEP 1A - from 8th March 2021

  • STEP 1B - from 29th March 2021

  • STEP 2 - from 12th April 2021

  • STEP 3 - no earlier than 17th May 2021

  • STEP 4 - no earlier than 21st June 2021



  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

What you should do if you are DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS:

    • isolate yourself from others for 10 days (or longer) from the onset of your symptoms. Continue to self-isolate if you are not healthy by this time (click HERE for Gov. guidance)

    • people in your house hold should isolate for 14 days (as they may not contract it from you until the 7th day you have it)

    • arrange to have a Covid-19 test (click HERE for information and to arrange a test)

    • let people know who you have been in-contact with in the last 48 hours.


Secondary aged school students are able to obtain LFT tests directly from their school. All adults are now able to obtain Lateral Flow Tests free-of-charge. The Government is asking every adult to undertake bi-weekly tests to help determine asymptomatic cases within society.


The Government continue to roll out the national immunisation programme.

When instructed by NHS England or your doctor you can book you vaccination at


Face coverings are MANDATORY in the following locations, unless you are medically exempt or are under 11:

  • Within hospitals and GP surgeries - Individual care settings will have their own rules, i.e. care homes

  • When using public transport - At indoor transport hubs (airports, stations, ports and travel terminals)

  • Shops and supermarkets

  • Indoor shopping centres

  • Banks, building societies and post offices

-These should be applied BEFORE entering any location and removed AFTER you leave;

  • They are not required in locations where you are consuming food and drink, but should be worn on arrival and when leaving if this location is within another environment where you require to wear a mask.

** For more Government Guidance on face coverings click HERE.

► Click on either image above to view/download the guidance.



Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds.

Always wash your hands when you get home or into work/school.

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Do not visit your doctor's surgery, hospital or pharmacist if you are displaying any symptoms.

NHS advice on how to wash your hands properly:


Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp:

"The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information."

DfE Coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Government and NHS Information/ Guidance: