Roadmap out of Lockdown

This week Government announced their four stage roadmap out of lockdown. Below is a summary of each stage. Please click here to view the full road map details for each stage. The BBC have also given a breakdown which can be found here.

Below are the four conditions that must be met along the way to allow the road map to progress include:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
Stage one (part 1) – 8th March 2021
  • All schools and colleges will reopen.
  • University students can return for practical courses.
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”.
  • One nominated person can visit a relative in a care home.
  • Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities can resume where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group.
Stage one (part 2) – earliest, 29th March 2021
  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens.
  • The stay-at-home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible.
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart:
    • Click here for details on the reopening of Rother Council owned tennis courts and other sports facilities. 
    • Westfield tennis courts will re-open from the 29th March.
Stage two – earliest, 12th April 2021
  • Non-essential retail allowed to open, as well as hairdressers and other “close contact services”. Please check ‘What’s on in Westfield’ Facebook to keep up to date with local businesses and when they are re-opening.
  • Gyms, spas and swimming pools can reopen for individuals and households.
  • UK domestic holidays away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household.
  • Outdoor settings such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas, as well as beer gardens and alcohol takeaways can re-open.
  • Libraries and community centres can open.

Stage three – earliest, 17th May 2021

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas.
  • 30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households (subject to review).
  • Domestic overnight stays.
  • Organised indoor adult sport.
  • Most significant life events (30) weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes and a broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  •  Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes.
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment including outdoor cinema and theatre.
  • Remaining accommodation.
  • Some large events (expect for pilots) – capacity limits apply.
    • Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%.
    • Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%.
    • Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%.
  • International travel – subject to review.

Stage four – earliest, 21st June 2021

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed.
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.
Support and Advice for Businesses

Any business owner still unsure about any of the guidance can got to Rother District Council’s website for advice by clicking here.

If you would like to contact Environmental Health please email:

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