How far can you travel from Sheffield under new Stay Local rule and can police enforce it?

People are no longer required to 'stay at home' as lockdown restrictions began to ease beginning Monday (March 29) in England.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:40 am

Although no guidelines have been issued, many restrictions will remain in place. Here's how the new rules will impact you.

How do I socialise with my friends and family?

According to the Government website, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the rule of six) or two households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside in time for the Easter holidays.

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From 29 March, up to six people or two households will be allowed to gather in parks and private gardens (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

How about outdoor sports?

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will be allowed to reopen and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

How far can I travel?

Although the 'stay at home' rule will end today, many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. People are told to stay local for the time being.

Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad are still not allowed.

Travel will be permitted for certain reasons such as work, study, moving house or attending a wedding or funeral.

What are the restrictions still in place?

People are still not allowed to socialise indoors outside their households or support bubbles.

Non-essential retail and hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants will also remain closed but takeaway food is still permitted.

Large gatherings will remain unlawful and police will continue to respond quickly to ones which pose a serious risk to public health.

When will more restrictions be eased?

From April 12 at the earliest, shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen.

Most outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen, although wider social distancing rules will still apply to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will also be opened but for use by people on their own or in household groups.

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