Lockdown travel rules that are set to change on Monday

Monday March 29 marks the next stage in the government's lockdown roadmap, with several rules relaxed.

The roadmap started on March 8 when schools reopened, care home visits were slightly relaxed and one person could meet another outside for a coffee.

This Monday sees the second part of stage one introduced, with more loosening of restrictions.

The government is to allow up to six people to meet outdoors but will restrict indoor gatherings – reports Mirror Online.

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As part of the relaxation of rules people will no longer have to 'stay at home' in England.

Here is what you can do, what you still can't do and how far people can travel as the latest step on the road to normality begins.

What does an end to the Stay at Home order mean?

The Stay at Home rule will end from Monday, March 29.

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While long-distance travel will not be encouraged, it is legal providing other rules such as overnight stays are not broken.

The government's website maintains that people should continue to work from home where possible.

People are also being asked to minimise the number of journeys they make.

Government guidance states: "The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but 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.

"Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme."

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What does Stay Local mean and how far can I travel?

People will be asked to remain near to where they live, but it won't be compulsory.

The Department of Health and Social Care defines local as: "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."

So unless there is a good reason for going further afield, you are asked not to.

The government has stopped short of setting distances they deem acceptable and have been criticised for being unclear.

The word 'local' in the guidance has never been specifically defined, and they don't plan to in the latest step.

Rules in England

Long-distance travel will not be encouraged, but it is not illegal as long as other rules are not broken.

Overnight stays are not allowed, and neither is going into other people's houses.

Each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible, the government's website states.

What happens if I break the rules?

A police officer could hand you a fixed penalty notice.

Officers in England and Wales have issued around 30,000 since March 2020.

Fines start at £200 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but are lower in Scotland.

But penalties of up to £10,000 can be given for serious breaches, like large indoor parties.

In an extreme case, police could even prosecute.

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Can I go abroad?

Travel abroad remains banned and we won't know until next month when we can go overseas.

Unless it's for work or another very good reason, people cannot leave the UK.

The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel.

The findings will be reported on 12 April, when we will discover the likelihood of summer holidays following a spike in cases abroad.

What's the next stage of the roadmap?

The next set of changes in England is set for April 12, the date which marks the beginning of step two.

From the middle of next month, non-essential retail, hairdressers, beauty salons, libraries and community centres will all be able to open their doors again.

Pubs and other hospitality venues will be able to serve customers outside – but rules around social contact remain in place.

The number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

This means the government must be satisfied the vaccine rollout is on track.

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