From today, Monday 12 April, we are moving to a new stage in the Government’s roadmap plan for easing lockdown restrictions. It’s important that you know what the rules are—see key information below. When you’re visiting shops or are out and about, you should continue to keep a safe distance from others, wear your face mask, wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser.

Non-essential retail can open.
Outdoor hospitality, such as bars and restaurants can open, but you must only attend as groups of six or as two households.
Personal care businesses, hairdressers and nail salons can open.
Libraries and community centres can open.
Outdoor attractions and events like zoos, fetes, fairgrounds, and theme parks can open.
Indoor leisure and sports facilities are reopening, but you can only attend them on your own, with the people you live with, or those who are in your support bubble.
Self-contained accommodation and campsites can reopen, but you can only visit them with the people you live with or those who are in your support bubble.
The limit of people at weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wakes has increased to 15 people.
Care home residents can nominate two individuals for regular indoor visits.
However, some things remain the same. You can continue to meet up with others outdoors in private gardens and public spaces but only in groups of six (rule of six) or as two households. Indoor household mixing is still not permitted.

You should also continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.

For more guidance on the restrictions in place and information on the next stage of the Government’s roadmap, visit our online guide.
Many people in our city will be saddened by the loss of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and will want to pay their respects over the coming days. Given the current public health situation, the Government is joining the Royal Household in asking that members of the public do not gather in crowds or lay floral tributes. To pay your respects, please sign the book of condolence online.

We’ve come so far in our fight against COVID-19. Don’t let your guard down now—follow the rules to keep yourself, those around you and our city safe.