Two families will be able to meet outdoors – or in the rule of six – from March 29

Two families will be able to meet outdoors, or within the rule of six, from March 29, Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed this morning.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 8:40 am
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2021, 8:44 am
People enjoy the warm Spring temperatures (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the focus of easing lockdown restrictions is “steady as she goes” as he said there would be an easing of restrictions on outdoor socialising.

Asked if travelling distances to see family would be permitted from March 29, he said: “As long as it’s outdoors, and it is two families, or the rule of six, then that is what will be permitted if the four tests continue to be delivered upon.

“That will be the national lockdown, of course Scotland, as you mentioned, Northern Ireland and Wales will be setting out their own road map towards reopening their economies as well.

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“So at the moment, the focus is very much on the steady as she goes. Outdoor versus indoor, priority being children in schools, second priority is obviously allowing two people on March 8 to meet outside for a coffee to address some of the issues around loneliness and of course mental health as well.

“And then the 29th is two families or rule of six coming together and outdoor sporting activities as well.”

Schools, socialising and some sports are set to return next month under the Government’s plan to relax coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.

It is understood that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell MPs that all pupils in all years can go back to the classroom from March 8, with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed to restart as well.