The Government's plan for easing coronavirus restrictions

The Government has produced a 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' roadmap , which sets out a plan to slowly lift coronavirus restrictions in England.

The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions.

  • Step 1 - the priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March.
  • Step 2 - which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
  • Step 3 - which will be no earlier than 17 May, the Government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
  • Step 4 - which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the Government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. Before Step 4 begins, the Government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.

Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against the following four tests:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. The Government's assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

The Prime Minister's announcement can be found on the Government's website. , along with the latest updates.


Latest news on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine

You can find announcements and updates about the national coronavirus vaccination programme on the Government's website.

The NHS is issuing updates on the coronavirus vaccination rollout in West Sussex, which include lots of useful information relating to our district, and you can find these updates on our coronavirus support for residents page.. Also on that page, you can find updates relating specifically to our district.

There are also a range of have frequently asked questions available on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website . More details on the vaccination programme in Sussex can be found  on the Keep Sussex Safe website , including what to expect when you have your vaccination and contact details if people have a question or want to give feedback.


Local coronavirus data

You can find local weekly coronavirus data on West Sussex County Council's website .

Hands, Face, Space

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Remember - 'Hands. Face. Space':

  • hands - wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space - stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)


Sign up to the NHS Test & Trace app

Protect your loves ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community.

Please protect your loved ones and our communities by downloading the test & trace app.

You can now apply for a payment of £500 under the Test and Trace Payment Support Scheme provided you have been notified by contact tracers or the app to self-isolate and that you meet the eligibility criteria. To find out more about the support payment, including eligibility criteria, please visit our Test and Trace support payment page.