Full list of all the lockdown restrictions that could be lifted on June 1

A number of lockdown measures are set to ease next month with some pupils heading back to school and a number of shops reopening.

Sunday, 24th May 2020, 10:18 am
Updated Sunday, 24th May 2020, 10:18 am

What can I do outside that I couldn't before?

People are now allowed to spend more time outdoors to enjoy sunbathing, picnics and fresh air and exercise as much as they like.

You are also free to drive any distance within England for a day trip to visit open spaces, and can also go to garden centres.

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Visiting holiday and second homes remains banned.

Outdoor facilities like tennis and basketball courts and golf courses can be made use of, but outdoor gyms, playgrounds and public pools remain off-limits.

Social distancing of two-metres must be respected at all times and if people break the rules and mix in groups the infection rate will increase and trigger further restrictions.

Can I visit my extended family or friends?

You are only allowed to meet one other person from outside your household and that must take place outdoors.

But the Government is considering if it can safely allow an expanded definition of "household" to allow people to reconnect with close family members.

Scientific advisers are currently examining if it is safe to change the rules to allow one household to expand and include one other household in the same group or "bubble".

This suggests a family with children would be able to incorporate a set of grandparents into their household group, for example.

You can go out to care for a vulnerable person, or to carry out voluntary or charitable services.

Do I need to wear a facemask?

Face coverings are not compulsory.

But they should be worn in enclosed spaces such as public transport and some shops. They should not be worn by the under-twos, young children who will find them hard to manage, and those with respiratory conditions.

Who is going back to work?

People who can work only in the workplace are being advised to return to their jobs and "Covid-secure" safety guidelines are being drawn up to enable this.

The "back to work" group includes those in construction and manufacturing, in labs and research facilities, tradesmen, cleaners and others.

From June 1, non-essential retailers could be allowed to reopen to the public, once they meet new Covid-19 safety and security guidelines.

The plans state that stores are set to be reopened in phases, with politicians set to issue further guidance on which businesses will be included in each phase and time frame.

What is happening with schools?

Young children could start returning to nurseries from June 1, with the Government aiming for all primary school pupils to go back for a month before summer.

The Government expects pre-school children to be able to return to early years settings, and for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils to be back in school in "smaller sizes", from the start of next month.

Secondary schools and further education colleges should also prepare to begin some "face-to-face contact" with Year 10 and 12 students who have key exams next year.

What about pubs and restauarants?

The Government said it has the ambition to open some of the remaining businesses from July 4 at the earliest.

It said it hopes hairdressers, pubs, hotels, restaurants and cinemas will be among the next set of firms able to reopen as part of this expansion.

These firms will also need to meet Covid-19 safety guidelines, although it added that some venues, which are crowded, may still not be allowed to reopen, or only partly reopen, at this stage.

The Government said it will also phase and trial the reopening of high-risk businesses at this stage.

Ministers added they will closely monitor how high-risk sectors have been reopened elsewhere in the world and establish task forces for these industries.

When will we see sport back on TV?

There will be no professional sport, even behind closed doors, in England until at least June 1 but after that some cultural and sporting events will be able to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact.