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Roadmap for England as Announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson 22nd February 2021

There are still a number of questions on the details but the Roadmap sets a potential start date of 17 May for domestic holidays in England. CTA is seeking clarification on issues such social distancing and day trips and we will report this as soon as we have something. Meanwhile, first minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a roadmap for Scotland today (23 February).

The two infographics below set out the key elements of the four Steps in the process.

Here’s a link to the Roadmap document itself which has more details, although not a lot as far as coach tours and excursions are concerned!


There was also an important announcement about four Reviews which will get underway:

  • Looking at whether having a vaccine or a negative test result can reduce restrictions on social contact.
  • Piloting the impact of testing and reduced social distancing on events.
  • Looking at how to facilitate more inbound and outbound travel – to report back by 12 April
  • Review social distancing measures, such as the one-metre-plus rule, rules on face coverings and working from home – to report back by 21 June.


The fours Step process is:

Step one – from 8 March

All schools to open

Stay at home order remains in place

People can meet one other person outside for recreation

From 29 March

People will be able to meet outside including in private gardens, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting.

People will no longer be legally required to stay at home but should work from home if they can and try not to travel.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts and open air swimming pools can reopen and formally organised sports can restart.


Step Two –  no earlier than 12th April

Self-catering will open for individuals or household groups only.

Non-essential retail will open.

Pubs and restaurants will begin to open for outdoors service, without curfew, and no requirement for people to order a substantial meal.

Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas will open


Step Three – no earlier than 17 May

Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service

Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs will open

Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service

Cinemas and theatres will open

Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people

International travel will not resume before 17 May


Step Four – no earlier than 21 June

All limits on social contacts will be lifted

Large events and performances and weddings will be able to go ahead

Nightclubs will open
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