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The rule of 6 and other COVID rules coming into place on March 29

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Original article from Kent Live

On Monday the next set of the government's COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.

March 29 is the next hurdle in the country's return to normality as the UK's vaccine rollout continues to ramp up.

Earlier this month, school pupils returned to the classroom and socialising outside with one other person was permitted as the first part of the road map's step one took effect.

Next week most schools will have broken up for the Easter holidays and the second part of step one will be implemented.

Most significantly, the change in rules will see the 'Stay At Home' rule come to an end.

Restrictions on socialising will be relaxed and exercising in small groups may resume once again.

The government will still ask the public to minimise the journeys they make, the number of people they are in contact with and to continue to work from home in order to keep the infection rates low.

Below, KentLive examines the key changes in restrictions.

Socialising – the rule of six returns

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Currently, people may only meet with one other person outside to socialise.

From Monday, up to six people or two households will be allowed to meet outdoors.

That includes in public but also in private gardens.

It's a big restriction lifting in time for Easter which should allow friends and families to reunite after a tough few months.

The weather for that weekend is looking promising too, with a mini-heatwave forecast for Kent.

Sport – outdoor facilities to reopen

Man with a mask playing golf

At a non-professional level, exercise is currently only allowed to take place outside and with no more than two people from different households.

That will change come Monday as outdoor facilities such as open-air swimming pools, golf courses and tennis courts open once again.

Those taking part in sport with friends will have to stick to that rule of six for now.

Organised outdoor sport for children and adults will also be permitted.

Travel – 'stay at home' ends

March 29 will see the government's 'stay at home' message come to an end.

People will be allowed to travel more than before, although journeys should still be minimised.

It will allow the public to see friends and family a bit further away from home, as long as those activities remain outside.

For now, however, no overnight stays will be allowed so those days out will have to end back at home.

Parent and children groups – up to 15 may meet

Outdoor parent and child groups will be allowed to resume.

A maximum of 15 people, not counting those aged under five, will be allowed to meet for outdoor activities.

This includes socialising in parent and child walking groups, for example.

What is still not allowed?

Monday will be a relief for many in the county, but there is still a way to go until all is back to normal.

Non-essential retail and hospitality venues will have to remain shut for now.

Those businesses will be able to open their doors on Monday, April 12 – albeit with a number of restrictions still in place.

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