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Prime Minister Sets Out the ‘Roadmap’ for Lifting Covid-19 Restrictions in England

The PM has today set out his ‘roadmap’ for lifting Covid-19 restrictions in England. We'll be updating advice for musicians over the next week.

Published: 22 February 2021 | 6:52 PM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:32 PM
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Financial measures to go alongside the roadmap will be announced in the Budget on 3 March. Photo by Jonathan Stewart.

We'll be updating all of our website advice over the next week or so and speaking to different government departments to clarify anything that remains unclear. For example, one early question will be about busking and at which stage it will be allowed. 

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge will also be using his presence on a number of the Covid-19 working groups to push for clarity for all areas of musicians’ work. 

Any financial measures to go alongside the roadmap will be announced in the Budget on 3 March. As ever we will provide updates as soon as we can through the Coronavirus update emails.

A brief summary of the roadmap

On 8 March

  • All students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
  • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
  • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular named visitor
  • Stay at home order remains in place.

As of 29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed, including meeting in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen and organised outdoor sports can resume
  • Stay at home order ends but people will be encouraged to stay local wherever they can
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • No overseas travel

Not before 12 April

  • Non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and museums open
  • Outdoor hospitality in pubs and restaurants allowed with households or rule-of-six
  • Most outdoor settings reopen such as zoos and theme parks
  • Gyms and indoor swimming pools open
  • Self catering holiday accommodation and camp sites reopen
  • Funerals continue with up to 30 people
  • Weddings with up to 15 people

Not before 17 May

  • Outdoors most social contact rules lifted, up to limit of 30 people
  • Mixing indoors allowed for two households, but rule-of-six for indoor hospitality and elsewhere
  • Cinemas, soft play centres, rest of accommodation sector, hotels, indoor exercise classes return
  • Performances and sporting events resume – larger performances with venues 1,000+ or half full will be allowed indoors and outdoors 4,000 capacity or half full (whichever lowest)
  • In very largest outdoor seated venues such as football stadiums up to 10,000 people allowed to attend (or 1/4 full whichever is lowest)
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes.


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