New Government Roadmap: What it means for the children’s activities sector

The much anticipated roadmap out of lockdown was announced yesterday by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

68 page Covid-19 response guide was released with full details on how the vaccine programme is supporting efforts to get the country back up and running and critically, keeping people safe and protected from the virus.

The roadmap sets out four steps with key dates, detailing when lockdown will end and things can reopen, including the children’s activities sector.

Note:- the below applies to England. ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland have slightly different plans.

Key dates for the sector:
8th March – schools across England reopen, before/after-school clubs where they are used for the purposes of childcare to support parents working can resume (this as before, will largely be at the discretion of each school to decide on).
29th March – organised outdoor sport allowed for children to resume including outdoor leisure facilities. Outdoor parent and child groups allowed to operate (up to 15 people, not including under 5s).
12th April – indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 people, not including under 5s) can resume, community centre venues and indoor leisure facilities can reopen.
17th May – indoor entertainment and attractions to reopen along with some events.
21st June – final step, no legal limit on social contact.

All children’s activity providers will need to continue operating with Covid-safe measures in place (as before) until further notice.

It’s worth noting, more detail will likely be released over the coming days that may apply more specifically to your type of activity. The Government have also said these dates are subject to change based on a rolling review of how effective the vaccine programme continues to be and the roadmap strategy in general.

We will continue to monitor further announcements and communicate updates as appropriate. If you have unanswered questions it may be worth contacting your local authority or environment health team for clarification. 

Below are official graphics released by the Government. For full details on the roadmap view the document here.

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