This week the Prime Minister reaffirmed that data supports keeping to the easing of lockdown roadmap. He emphasised that the UK, despite vaccine roll-out success, could be hit by a third wave of Coronavirus and announced the creation of a new antiviral taskforce to focus on rapid response in vaccine development.
The Scottish First Minister confirmed the most significant stage in lockdown easing on Tuesday signalling Scotland’s move to Level 3. From Monday 26 April, Scotland will see the reopening of hospitality, gyms and non-essential shops. Non-essential work inside people’s homes will also be possible – such as painting, decorating, or repairing, and the return of those in the shielding category to the workplace. Read the timetable for easing restrictions in Scotland.
In Wales, 6 people from 6 households can meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday, and in pub beer gardens once they reopen next week. Pressure is mounting on the First Minister to bring forward reopening plans for the indoor hospitality sector into line with England and Scotland, on 17 May. Read the current rules for Wales.
In Northern Ireland from 30 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants can reopen. You can also stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. Read the guidance on current restrictions here.
In Engalnd, more businesses and venues were able to reopen from 12 April, such as non-essential shops, outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, hairdressers, and gyms. Read the full guidance on what you can now do.
For all COVID updates, visit the FIS COVID-19 Hub here.