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Summary of what you must do and what is open from 12 April.

First published:
26 March 2021
Last updated:

What you must do

From 12 April you must:

  • follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble
  • wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places
  • not create an extended household (some people may be able to form a support bubble with one other household)
  • meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors
  • limit the number of people you meet socially (a maximum of 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors including in private gardens)
  • not travel internationally without reasonable excuse

What can open

  • schools, colleges and childcare providers (informal childcare should be essential only)
  • higher education institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning)
  • places of worship
  • community centres - limited opening (for example, for essential public services)
  • crematoriums
  • playgrounds and public parks
  • weddings, in venues that are allowed to be open, and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue)
  • wedding venue viewings for prospective clients
  • outdoor sports courts and courses
  • close contact services (such as hair salons, beauty salons and tattoo shops)
  • all retail
  • libraries
  • some outdoor visitor attractions
  • self-contained accommodation
  • organised outdoor activities for the development and wellbeing of children

What must be closed

  • venues for events and conferences
  • theatres and concert halls
  • indoor and the majority of outdoor visitor attractions
  • entertainment venue
  • wedding reception or wake
  • indoor leisure and fitness facilities
  • hospitality (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • licensed premises, takeaway and delivery only between 6am and 10pm
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues