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UK’s four nations: How lockdown measures are being lifted


After months of gruelling lockdown the UK has taken the first steps to easing harsh social distancing restrictions that have been in place since January.

But confusingly, not all parts of the UK are opening up at the same time.

While England opened up all schools on March 8, those in Wales will no longer be ordered to “stay at home” from Saturday.

In Scotland, four people from two households can now enjoy a picnic or socialise in a private garden after restrictions were eased on Friday.

Here is the latest on the devolved nations’ plans to exit lockdown.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon became the latest leader to announce a further easing of measures this week, with Scots now allowed to meet in bigger groups.

Up to four people from two households are now able to meet outdoors from Friday.

Nicola Sturgeon in Scottish Parliament / PA Wire

Restrictions on young people have also been eased, with four people aged between 12 and 17 able to meet even if they are all from different households.

Communal worship in Scotland will restart from March 26, with the limit for services rising from 20 people to 50.

The stay-at-home order is expected to be lifted from April 5.

The current “stay-at-home” restrictions will be lifted from Saturday but people are encouraged to “stay local” instead.

Four people from two households will be able to meet outdoors to socialise, including in gardens – while outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen.

Coronavirus – Fri Oct 23, 2020 / PA Wire

Indoor care home visits will also restart for single designated visitors from Saturday.

Hairdressers and barbers can reopen for appointments from Monday, the same day that all primary pupils and those in qualifications years can return to schools.

Secondary schools will have the option to bring year 10 and 12 back, while there will be “flexibility” to allow all other pupils to “check-in” with teachers on a limited amount of days ahead of a full return after the Easter break.


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