How far can you travel from today? Everything you need to know about the new rules as lockdown eases

The new travel rule has come into force today (Monday, March 29) under the government's new roadmap out of Covid lockdown.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:15 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:18 pm

People are now able to enjoy meeting friends and family as the rule of six returns for socialising with the government's 'stay at home' rule also lifted.

Outoor sports facilities are also now able to reopen.

How far can I travel?

The new travel rule has come into force today (Monday, March 29) under the new roadmap out of Covid lockdown set by the government.

The 'stay local' rule has replaced the government's "stay at home" guidance, which means that people are not now legally required to have a permitted reason to leave home.

People will instead be advised to stay in their local area.

Staying overnight at other households or hotels are still forbidden unless you need accomodation:

*To attend a funeral,

*Need accommodation to attend a medical appointment or receive treatment,

*For work purposes or to provide voluntary services, or attend education

"Are a child requiring accommodation for school or care

"Are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)

"Are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent provided the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home in order to take part in training or a competition.

Holidays and international travel are still NOT allowed until April 12 when overnight stays will be allowed and self-catering accomodation will reopen.

The next staged out of lockdown begins on May 17. This will be the earliest date for holidays abroad.