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These are the lockdown restrictions being lifted on March 29




Restrictions have been relaxed today as part of the next stage of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown.

People across Suffolk will now be allowed to meet in groups of six and play a few rounds of tennis just in time for the brighter weather.

The start of the Prime Minister's road map to normality was on March 8 when all school years were allowed to return and socially distanced one-to-one meetings were permitted outdoors.

The next step of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown begins on Monday, March 29. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA
The next step of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown begins on Monday, March 29. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Care home residents were also allowed one regular visitor as long as they took tests and wore PPE.

But what new rules will we have to follow next week? And will any other rules be lifted soon?

Is the 'stay at home' rule still in place?

No, the 'stay at home rule' has finally lifted today after three months of lockdown.

However, there are still restrictions to keep in mind as the government's message changes to 'stay local'.

People should continue to work from home where they can. Where workers cannot, they have been advised to only travel when routes are less busy.

People should continue to work from home where they can
People should continue to work from home where they can

This will minimise unnecessary spread of the virus as restrictions begin to ease.

Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited for holidays to tackle the spread of new variants from across the world - with £5,000 fines being issued to those who break this rule.

This is especially important as the Prime Minister warned last week of a third wave arising in Europe which could begin to wash up on the UK's shores.

Restrictions are easing just in time for children across Suffolk to enjoy the Easter holidays
Restrictions are easing just in time for children across Suffolk to enjoy the Easter holidays

Who can I have social contact with?

Households are allowed to meet outdoors or in private gardens, as evidence shows the virus is less transmissible in the fresh air.

Groups can meet with up to six people or limit themselves to just two households.

The rule of six does include children and people in bubbles with another household.

These rules are in place just in time for the Easter holidays, giving families more freedom during a much needed break.

Can I take part in outdoor sport?

Outdoor swimming pools, tennis, basketball courts and other outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen.

Those employed at the facilities will return to work and visitors will be allowed to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Outdoor facilities like Go Ape in Thetford are reopening
Outdoor facilities like Go Ape in Thetford are reopening

Some of the facilities reopening in Suffolk include outdoor sports at Abbeycroft Leisure centres, Go Ape in Thetford and activities at Alton Water.

When are restrictions loosening again?

If cases stay low, restrictions will relax again on April 12.

This will allow all non-essential shops to reopen - including hairdressers and nail salons.

Libraries, community centres, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues can also open two weeks from Monday - as well as indoor leisure centres where people can visit with their support bubble.

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