From today (12 April) lockdown rules in England are easing as part of the Prime Minister's road map. You will now be able to:
From today, 12 April 2021:
Remember, continue to shop safe and shop local. Stay outside when meeting others – fresh air reduces the risk of passing COVID-19 on.
The government continues to review cases of COVID-19 and any new variants of the virus. Each stage of the roadmap will consider these to ensure the safe lifting of restrictions.
From 17 May 2021:
Please check with your local place of worship for the latest advice.
Click here to watch a video explaining each stage of the government's road map.
The video is available in Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Sylheti, and Gujarati also available via BBC Asian Network.
For more information about Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do click here
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "Today, we are more hopeful than ever; more people are being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day (over 82,196 in Tower Hamlets) and step two of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown begins, with further restrictions being lifted across the whole of England. This staggered lifting of restrictions requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates, and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage.
From today yet more of the restrictions we have lived under are being lifted. That is a big relief to many of us and something to savour and celebrate (especially those in need of a haircut!). With shops and some outdoor hospitality reopening, the world is beginning to return to normality. However, we should be in no doubt that the coming months will continue to challenge us, and COVID-19 will remain among us.
It is crucial that we remain cautious and all continue to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. We can get through this together by continuing to adhere to the restrictions, moving through each step of the roadmap safely, taking up the offer of vaccination when it's our turn, and getting tested."