The coronavirus (COVID-19) road map in England

The government has made a plan for how the coronavirus rules might change in the coming months (sometimes called a "road map").

This plan has been made so things can go back to normal and changes are made safely.

Please see the government advice on the new coronavirus rules which are in place from 19 July 2021. Click here.


We will only be able to move onto each new step of the plan if the number of people catching coronavirus continues to go down.

Step 1

Changes on Monday 8 March 2021

On Monday 8 March some rules changed.

Some of these changes include:

  • children and young people will be able to go back to school and college
  • people allowed to meet and spend time outside with one person who is not in their household or support bubble (this was allowed before but only to do exercise).

Changes on Monday 29 March 2021

The lockdown in England ended on Monday 29 March.

There were some other changes to the rules when this happen. 

Some of these changes will include:

  • people will allowed to meet outside (in places like parks or private gardens) in groups of up to 6 people, or 2 households.
  • outdoor sports facilities able to open
  • people not asked to stay at home all the time.

Here are the main changes in easy read

Advice from the Government -

Changes on Monday 12 April 2021

Please see our easy read summary of the new coronavirus rules which are in place from 12 April 2021. Click here.

Moving to step 2 and beyond

The government have set dates for when the next stages can come into place. There will be at least 5 weeks between each step.

However, the we will only be able to move onto the next step(s) if:

  • the plan to give people the coronavirus vaccine continues to go well
  • the vaccine helps stop people getting very ill with coronavirus (e.g. less people need to go to hospital)
  • the number of people with coronavirus isn't getting too high
  • there are not lots of new types of coronavirus.

The Government have said Step 2 will take place on Monday 12th April.

Find out more

The government has made this easy read guide (PDF) which explains each step in the plans to move out of lockdown in England.

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