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Next phase of restriction easing – what you can and can’t do

by Guy Murphy

From Monday 29 March further restrictions will be eased in England as part of Step 1 in the government’s roadmap to recovery.

It is important to remember that easing of restrictions increases the risk of the virus spreading. That is why Knowsley residents are being urged to make regular use of COVID-19 testing and ensure that they isolate if positive or contacted by track and trace.

You can find out more about SMART testing in Knowsley here.

Rule changes from 29 March:

Social contact

Outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, of either six people (the rule of six) or two households will be allowed.

This means that it will be easier for friends and families to meet up outside, including over the Easter holidays.

Business and activities

Open air facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will be reopen.

People will also be able to take part in formally organise outdoor sports.


From the 29 March the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but some restrictions, including no travel abroad, will remain.

When travelling people should look to minimise the number of journeys and avoid travelling at the busiest times and routes.

People should continue to work from home where they can.