The next easing of restrictions is due on Monday, 29 March. However this is still dependent on the four government tests being met. This will be confirmed by the government over the next week, but for now here are the changes you need to know about that will potentially come into effect from next Monday.
Meeting up socially
From 29 March you’ll be allowed to meet up outside, including in private gardens, in groups of either 6 people, or two households. Making it easier to meet friends and family outdoors.
The evidence shows that it is safer to meet people outdoors rather than inside, so as the weather hopefully gets warmer you’ll be able to catch-up with more friends with a brew outdoors.
The ‘Stay at Home’ rule will also end on the 29 March, however we are being asked to continue to work from home if possible, and still minimise the number of journeys we need to make. We are also being encouraged to stay local and not make any long non-essential journeys.
Outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen, and you’ll be able to take part in formally organised sports. This means that UoM Sport will be reopening their outdoor sport and leisure facilities within government guidance and outdoor club activity and household sport can take place.
If you’re thinking about travelling home for Easter, government guidance says that you can return home for the Easter break, if you choose to do so. However, in order to minimise transmission, it is strongly advised that students remain in their term time accommodation where possible.
If you do travel home for your Easter break, you should get tested before travelling at one of our free on-campus testing centres. You should also get tested again at home before travelling back to university, provided community testing facilities are available. If (at any time) you test positive, you are legally required to follow government rules on self-isolation.
Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad are also not allowed as it’s important to manage the risk of different variants coming into the country and protect the vaccine programme. The government will review global travel on 12 April.
Keep up to date with COVID-19 restrictions.