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How far can I travel in lockdown? Rules explained as restrictions ease on Monday

The latest step in the government’s roadmap out of the current Covid-19 lockdown in England arrives on Monday March 29, so what exactly can we do and where can we travel to?

BySam Elliott

  • 13:45, 25 MAR 2021
  • UPDATED15:41, 25 MAR 2021

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Monday sees the next milestone in the government’s lockdown exit strategy come into play.

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The first stage arrived on March 8, with the re-opening of schools and the green light for a designated person to visit a family member in a care home.

Now, the second part of the Step 1 plan is due to be introduced.

The government is to allow up to six people to meet outdoors but will restrict indoor gatherings.

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Do I need to stay at home?

The Stay At Home rule ends on Monday – but what can we do?
The Stay At Home rule ends on Monday – but what can we do? (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
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No, the Stay at Home rule will end from Monday March 29.

While long-distance travel will not be encouraged, it is legal providing other rules such as overnight stays are not broken.

The government’s website maintains that people should continue to work from home where possible.ADVERTISEMENT

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People are also being asked to minimise the number of journeys they make.

Government guidance states: “The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

“Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.”

Do I need to stay local?

We're still not being encouraged to go on long trips
We’re still not being encouraged to go on long trips (Image: PA)
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Yes, and the Stay at Home message may be replaced by a new Stay Local directive.

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The government defines local as your village, town or the part of a city where you reside.

Unless there is a good reason for going further afield, you are asked not to.

What is ‘local’ – and how far can I travel?

The government have been criticised for being unclear about exactly what 'local' is
The government have been criticised for being unclear about exactly what ‘local’ is (Image: Getty Images)

The government has stopped short of setting distances they deem acceptable and have been criticised for being unclear.

The word ‘local’ in the guidance has never been specifically defined, and they don’t plan to in the latest step.

It has caused confusion for many, who have been unsure about how far they can go.

But Department of Health and Social Care gives a better indication saying: “People should be sensible – if you do leave home, you should stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live – unless there is a justifiable reason not to do so.”

Rules in England

PM Boris Johnson wants this to be the last lockdown
PM Boris Johnson wants this to be the last lockdown (Image: PA)

Long-distance travel will not be encouraged, but it is not illegal as long as other rules are not broken.

Overnight stays are not allowed, and neither is going into other people’s houses.

Each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible, the government’s website states.

Rules in Scotland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is cautious about re-opening the country
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is cautious about re-opening the country (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

People in Scotland have only been allowed to travel within a five mile radius for exercise or essential purposes for the whole of 2021.

The Stay at Home order is finally set to be lifted on April 2.

Until then, people are urged not to travel outside their area for non-essential reasons.

The Stay Home slogan will initially be replaced by a Stay Local message as two households can socialise outside.

But the government website warns: “Travellers who arrive in Scotland without proof of a negative test result could be fined £480.”

Rules in Wales

Mark Drakeford says the Stay Local message must be scrapped
Mark Drakeford says the Stay Local message must be scrapped (Image: Getty Images)

Cases are down in Wales, but as it stands people must stay local meaning people can leave their homes and travel within their local area – usually within 5 miles.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford, however, is trying to get that travel rule lifted.

He is “optimistic” that as Covid figures continue to fall in Wales, the ban on people staying local to their homes could be scrapped.

Drakeford wants people to be able to travel more widely for the first time since December.

Rules in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's new rules come into play on April 1
Northern Ireland’s new rules come into play on April 1 (Image: PA)

The Stay Home message will not officially be relaxed until April 12.

But from April 1, people can begin to take exercise outside with people from another household.

This is limited to 10 people from two households. All other measures on travel remain in place.

Six people from two households will also be allowed to meet in a private garden.

Anyone travelling into Northern Ireland who plans to stay for at least 24 hours should self-isolate for 10 days.

Will the phased approach work?

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has outlined the government's approach
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has outlined the government’s approach (Image: Getty Images)

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty says the phased approach is the only way to safeguard the nation.

He warned: “This is not the end, but this is the point where we can have a steady, risk-based, data-driven opening up.

“But everybody must stick to the guidelines as they go through the different stages.

“If we don’t do that then we will get to a stage where the rates go up very high and you’ll find there are people who are not protected by the vaccinations.”

He also acknowledged that easing restrictions would naturally mean “a surge of cases”.

What happens if I break the rules?

The on-the-spot fines start from £200
The on-the-spot fines start from £200 (Image: Getty Images)

A police officer could hand you a fixed penalty notice.

Officers in England and Wales have issued around 30,000 since March 2020.

Fines start at £200 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but are lower in Scotland.

But penalties of up to £10,000 can be given for serious breaches, like large indoor parties.

In an extreme case, police could even prosecute.

Can I go abroad?

Holidays are on hold – and we won't know more until the middle of April
Holidays are on hold – and we won’t know more until the middle of April (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Travel abroad remains banned and we won’t know until next month when we can go overseas.

Unless it’s for work or another very good reason, people cannot leave the UK.

The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel.

The findings will be reported on 12 April, when we will discover the likelihood of summer holidays following a spike in cases abroad.

What’s next?

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Millions of people will be able to enjoy a pint in a beer garden from next month as England enters the next stage (Image: PA)

The next set of changes in England is set for April 12, the date which marks the beginning of step two.

From the middle of next month, non-essential retail, hairdressers, beauty salons, libraries and community centres will all be able to open their doors again.

Pubs and other hospitality venues will be able to serve customers outside – but rules around social contact remain in place.

The number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

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