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Roadmap stage 1B: What changes can I expect on Monday 29 March?

From Monday 29 March, further lockdown restrictions will be lifted in England as we reach ‘step 1B’ of the Government’s Roadmap.

The changes you can expect to come into place from Monday 29 March include:

  • Return of Rule of 6, or two households, for outdoor gatherings in public spaces and private gardens. (People from different households/support bubbles should continue to keep a safe distance).
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end but 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. Holidays will still not be allowed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and football courts, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Outdoor Council-run leisure facilities that are planned to return from 29 March include:

  • Wirral Sailing Centre and West Kirby Marine Lake (for those with their own equipment and licence)
  • All four municipal golf courses (Hoylake, The Warren, Brackenwood and Arrowe Park)
  • Football facilities at Leasowe, Guinea Gap, The Oval and Wirral Tennis Centre
  • ‘Tennis facilities at The Oval, Wirral Tennis Centre and within the boroughs parks
  • Athletics facilities at The Oval and Wirral Tennis Centre

For more information on booking and memberships at council leisure centres, please visit Wirral Leisure via: Leisure facilities across the Wirral - Wirral Leisure Services. Crown Green Bowls and Grassroots football will also be reopening, and clubs have been communicated as to how these sites should be used.

This stage of the Roadmap is the last of the confirmed dates.

Central Government have advised that we’ll only move to the next leg of the journey subject to the their assessment that it is safe to do so.

A key component of this assessment will be whether or not cases are surging or putting undue pressure on the NHS. While Wirral cases are relatively low at the moment, we know from the January wave that the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 can change - rapidly.

Therefore it is vital that all of us continue to:

  • Wash our hands
  • Wear a face covering whenever necessary (unless exempt)
  • Keep our distance from those outside our household/support bubble

The next stage of restrictions being lifted in April depends on everybody continuing to do the right things now.

While not changing on Monday 29 March, advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable to ‘shield’ will cease from Thursday 1 April, as virus infection rates continue to fall. More information is available here.

A summary of the further steps in the roadmap can be accessed here.