What is the UK roadmap on current Covid-19 restrictions and how does it affect me?

On 22nd February 2021, the government announced a roadmap to ease UK Covid-19 restrictions. We have detailed the plans below.

Please note: the dates for these plans may change in line with Covid-19 rates and the vaccination programme. You can view latest government guidance in full here.  


From 8th March 2021 

  • Some students are now able to return to campus. Students with practical elements or compulsory face-to-face teaching elements have been prioritised. If you are able to return to campus, you will have received an email from your School.  
  • You are still advised to stay at home, however you can now meet outdoors with one person from outside of your household or support bubble.  
  • Schools and colleges reopen. 
  • Care home residents are allowed one regular visitor. 
  • Childcare can resume to enable parents to work, seek education or medical care, or attend a support group.  


From 29th March 2021 

  • Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households is now allowed. This includes private gardens. 
  • Outdoor sports facilities can now reopen. 
  • You should still stay at home as much as you can and you should work from home if possible.  
  • Although the government still advises everyone to remain at home, there is particular guidance for University students on travel. You can find our latest FAQ regarding Easter travel here.   
  • You will not be able to travel abroad except under certain circumstances. We have created a handy step-by-step guide for students travelling to the UK.  


From no earlier than 12th April 2021 

  • Non-essential retail, personal care premises, and public buildings can reopen. 
  • Outdoor attractions and settings, such as zoos and theme parks, can reopen, although social contact rules will apply.  
  • Indoor leisure facilities, including gyms, will open, but you must only use them with your own household or support bubble. 
  • Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors.  
  • Self-contained accommodation will reopen. 
  • Funerals can take place with up to 30 people. Weddings, receptions and wakes can be attended by up to 15 people.  


From no earlier than 17th May 2021 

  • Outdoor events and performances can reopen. 
  • The rule of 6 or 2 households will still apply indoors.  
  • Indoor adults group sports and exercise events can reopen.  
  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues, and the accommodation sector will reopen.  
  • Performances or sporting events in indoor venues can occur with no more than 1,000 people. Outdoor events can occur with no more than 4,000 people. 
  • Up to 10,000 people will be able to attend large outdoor seated venues, where social distancing measures can take place. 
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, wakes, and funerals.  
  • Gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.  


From no earlier than 21st June 2021 

  • All legal limits on social contact will hopefully be removed.  
  • Nightclubs and large events and performances can reopen. 
  • Limits on weddings and other life events will be reviewed by the government.  

It is important to remember that these plans are subject to change with new government guidance. Before you engage in any social contact or events you should check whether it is allowed through the government webpages.  


Last updated: 30.03.2021