March 8th is the first date when changes are made to the lockdown rules in England. It marks the first steps on the government’s easing of Coronavirus restrictions which it published as the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’.
Changes For 8 March
England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow the rules in this guidance.
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 8 March:
- you can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted
- pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings should return to face-to-face education
- wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart only where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances
- students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities or complete assessments will be able to return
- there will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel
- those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure
- the rules on visiting care homes have changed to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor – see more info here