LOCKDOWN restrictions will be eased again on Monday, and people from Herefordshire will be able to see friends and family again – but only if they live locally.

This ends the “stay at home” order, but people are being encouraged to “stay local” where possible.

It's part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's four-stage plan to lead England out of its third national lockdown.

Pupils across England returned to the classrooms on March 8 in the first stage of Boris Johnson’s road map out of lockdown.

What will change tomorrow?

From tomorrow (Monday), when the Easter holidays begin, larger groups of up to six people, from any number of households, or a group of any size from up to two households, are allowed to gather in parks and gardens in England, according to Government guidelines.

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Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are also set to reopen, with organised adult and children’s sport – including grassroots football – able to return.

Childcare and supervised activities outdoors for all children will also be allowed.

With the "stay at home" message disappearing on Monday, the Government will replace it with “stay local”.

But it has not yet clarified what that guidance means.


The order to minimise travel, however, would suggest that visits to other parts of the country are, for now, still out of the question.

The Department of health and social care said: "People should be sensible – if you do leave home, you should stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live - unless there is a justifiable reason not to do so."

Outdoor attractions will be permitted to open their gates to the public on March 29.

What will not be reopening tomorrow?

Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will have to wait until at leasy April 12 to reopen.

Nightclubs, theatres and cinemas will also have to keep their doors shut.

Travel abroad will still not be allowed, unless for a valid reason, and overnight stays should be permitted from April 12.

What has the Prime Mininster and the NHS said?

The nation has been warned not to “squander the gains” made against coronavirus ahead of a major easing of the lockdown to allow greater freedoms outside.

NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said that Covid-19 still has the capacity to “wreak more havoc and ill health on a significant scale”, citing concerns over new variants.

He issued the warning ahead of groups of up to six, or two households, being able to socialise in parks and gardens once more as outdoor sports facilities reopen and the stay-at-home order ends in England on Monday.


Earlier, Boris Johnson said he is wary of the prospect of rising coronavirus infection rates, but sees “absolutely nothing in the data” to halt the easing of the lockdown.

The Prime Minister acknowledged cases could again spiral as restrictions are relaxed but said the “key difference” this time is that the rise in prevalence should be “sufficiently mitigated” by the successful vaccine rollout.

Prof Powis said the prospects “look immeasurably brighter and more positive” but said that the easing “does not mean job done”.

During a discussion at the Conservatives’ virtual spring forum on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that a “third wave” is being witnessed in parts of Europe and “bitter experience” has taught him that this could hit the UK “three weeks later”.

But he added: “There’s lots of promising evidence that a lot of people who could be vulnerable are now protected against death and serious disease, that’s my hope, my hunch.”

Mr Johnson remained optimistic that his road map to easing England’s restrictions can continue, saying there is a “good chance” of allowing non-essential retail reopening on April 12, when hairdressers are also earmarked to reopen.

“In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers,” he said in a subsequent speech.

“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.

“And as things stand, I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our road map to freedom, unlocking our economy and getting back to the life we love.”