The UK’s third lockdown will soon be ending as planned on Monday 12th April. Many restrictions will be lifted, including the re-opening of non-essential shops and gyms, as well as pubs and restaurants for outdoor service.

The UK Government has announced that lockdown will ease as planned on 12th April. For most people, this means more socialising, more freedom and, once again, a sense of normality. Knowing how to protect your health and keep safe remains very important.

What rules are currently in place?

The Government recently brought in the ‘rule of six’, allowing up to six people, or two households, to meet in outdoor spaces such as public parks or private gardens. Outdoor sports, including golf, tennis and basketball, have resumed. Weddings can take place with a maximum of six attendees.

With the ‘stay at home’ rule no longer in place and a strong vaccination programme in progress, further restrictions are set to be lifted on 12th April.

What will change on 12th April?

All non-essential shops will be able to reopen, including hairdressers and beauty salons. Leisure facilities including gyms, spas, theme parks and libraries can also reopen. Restaurants and pubs can serve food and alcohol outdoors, while members of the same household can go on a ‘staycation’ in self-contained accommodation in the UK.

Wedding capacity will increase to 15, while up to 30 people can attend funerals. It’s also good news for care home residents who can now have two visitors.

A bride and groom holding hands in the air.

How will international travel be affected?

In line with Government guidelines, travelling abroad from the UK is currently banned in most cases, unless the individual has a good reason to do so. However, this is likely to change within the next couple of months, prior to the summer holiday season. The Government plans to bring in a traffic light system to categorise destinations, depending on the risk and prevalence of Covid-19 in each foreign country.

If you are planning to travel abroad in the near future, be sure to check your destination’s Covid-19 testing requirements before travelling. Better2Know can arrange any Covid-19 tests required prior to travelling or upon returning to the UK, including Fit to Fly, Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 and Test to Release.

Better2Know is here to help you protect your health

Although lockdown is lifting, Covid-19 will not suddenly disappear, so it is important to take precautions wherever necessary. If you are concerned that you may have contracted Covid-19, Better2Know can send you a home sample collection kit at any time.

For more information on Covid-19 testing, please visit our website. You can contact our highly trained advisors at any time by phoning the number at the top of the page. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are here for you when you need us the most. Alternatively, you can contact us using our live chat or book a confidential appointment online.


[1] BBC: What’s the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

[2] BBC: When can I go on holiday abroad or in the UK?

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