Last reviewed 23 March 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published regulations intended to pave the way to the easing of all restrictions from 21 June.
“Thanks to the extraordinary success of the UK’s historic vaccination programme,” it said, “with over half of all adults now vaccinated, and the commitment of the public in playing their part, infection and hospitalisation rates have fallen significantly.”
The new regulations mean that, from 29 March, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, including in private gardens.
They will be voted on by Parliament on 25 March and, if approved, will replace the “all tiers” regulations which were made to enact the tier system at the end of 2020.
Alongside the “roadmap regulations”, and ahead of the vote in Parliament, the Government has published a review of the Coronavirus Act which sets out 15 measures which will be expired or suspended after the Easter recess as they are no longer essential to the national response to Covid-19.
The Coronavirus Act One-year Report: March 2021 explains which measures of the Act will be retained and how they will help to support businesses and individuals while protecting capacity in the health and care service and ensuring delivery of essential public services.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are today setting out the legal foundations which, if agreed by Parliament, will deliver the roadmap out of lockdown. We are rightly ending as many national measures as safely as possible, while maintaining those which remain necessary and proportionate to help reduce and control infections further as we cautiously but irreversibly ease restrictions and our historic vaccination programme continues apace.”
The 93-page roadmap regulations (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/364)) are available at www.legislation.gov.uk.
They must undergo statutory review every 35 days.