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The lockdown rules to expect for seeing friends and family this Easter

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent is to face new rules as we enter the second stage of the roadmap out of lockdown.

As the end of March approaches, many could see the reuniting of friends and family from March 29, just in time for Easter.

It's a step towards the normality that we are all craving, as the country has been in and out of lockdown for almost an entire year.

Almost two weeks ago (March 8) the country saw the return of primary and secondary schools, with all students being welcomed back after schools were forced to close two months ago, for lockdown 3.

The first stage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap, allowed us to meet up with one person outside for a walk or a picnic, and care home residents were able to nominate one person who could frequently visit them.

This move also paved the way for students to continue with outdoor after-school sports and activities.

At the moment coronavirus vaccinations are in the sixth stage, with adults aged 16 to 65 years in at risks groups, currently receiving their jab.

Since December last year, 26.8 million people have been vaccinated with 2.1 million people receiving their second dose, the country is said to be on track to deliver the vaccine to all over-50s by April 15.

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Now as we begin to enter the second part of stage one, for the lockdown roadmap, we could see a great relaxing of social rules, meaning many will be able to meet up with friends and family this Easter.

These rules are subject to four conditions that must be met, these are; that the vaccination rollout continues to go to plan, that evidence shows vaccines are reducing deaths and the number of people requiring hospital treatment, that infection rates don't risk a surge in hospital admissions and that the new variants don't change the risk of lifting lockdown restrictions.

Here are all the changes that we can expect from March 29:

Social gathering

The new rules on social gatherings come at a time when schools are set to break up for Easter.

The roadmap states that outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, this rule includes meeting in private gardens.

This gives greater flexibility for families and friends to see one another after suffering for so long apart.

Sports and activities

After March 29, people can take part in organised outdoor sports, as sport facilities such as tennis and basketball courts will reopen.

The announcement will bring much joy and relief for the sporty types, as sports is said to help improve physical and mental health.

Unfortunately for gym-goers, they will have to wait until April 12 for indoor facilities to open, before they can get back to their gyms.

The 'stay at home' rule

In almost one week from today, people will no longer be permitted to stay at home.

The government reminds many that even with this new rule, there are still restrictions in place that the country must follow.

People will continue to be advised to work from home where it is possible to do so, to reduce the number of journeys people make.

Going on holiday abroad is still banned, but overseas travel will be allowed for a small number of reasons, such as for work.

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