Roadmap out of lockdown



People in England are seeing restrictions start to lift and the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ offers a route back to a more normal life.

Attractions, shops and cafés are starting to reopen according to the roadmap, but continuing progress is dependent on:

  • the vaccine deployment programme continuing successfully
  • evidence showing that vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

Please see our current list of places which are re-opening – this list is being updated constantly.


From 12th April

  • Non-essential retail can re-open, including personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons.
  • Public buildings can re-open, such as libraries and community centres.
  • Indoor leisure facilities can re-open, such as gyms. (only for use by people on their own or in household groups. Social distancing rules still apply).
  • Outdoor attractions can re-open, such as zoos and theme parks.
  • Outdoor hospitality can re-open, such as beer gardens and outdoor seating for restaurants. Customers must remain seating and table service will be mandatory. Social distancing rules still apply, you can only meet up with six people, or two households. There will be no need to order food with alcoholic drinks and there will be no curfew.
  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners. However, weddings, receptions and commemorative events will be limited to 15 attendees.

From 17th May

  • Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
  • Indoors, the rule of 6 individuals (or 2 households) can meet.
  • Advice on social distancing will be updated, but until then, people should continue to keep their distance from other households.
  • Most businesses (aside from those in the highest risk sectors) will be able to reopen. COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place, including limits on groups.
  • Indoor hospitality can reopen (customers must still remain seated)
  • Indoor entertainment venues can reopen, such as cinemas and children’s play areas.
  • The accommodation sector can reopen, such as hotels and B&Bs.
  • Indoor group sports and exercise classes for adults can resume.
  • Larger performances and sporting events can resume. Indoor venues must have a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, or be half-full (whichever is a lower number), whereas outdoor venues can have 10,000 people attending or quarter-full, (whichever is a lower number).
  • Up to 30 people can attend significant life events, such as weddings, receptions, wakes, funerals, bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  • Social distancing measures will be reviewed before Step 4 begins. Also potential lifting of face covering measures.

From 21 June

  • Hopefully all legal limits on social contact will be removed.
  • Any remaining premises still closed (nightclubs and large events, for example) will reopen (subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme).
  • Limits on attendees of significant life events (weddings, receptions, etc.) will be lifted (subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme).


Please see the Governments COVID-19 Response page for more information.


You can also read some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the current COVID-19 situation on Visit Lancashire’s website.


Further questions?

We understand you may have queries about your visit to Lancaster, and our friendly Visitor Information Team will be available during the week:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am – 4pm by phone on 01524 582808
  • Any weekday between 10am and 4pm by email
  • You can also contact our Visitor Information Team via Facebook or Twitter

(Please note: Our centre remains closed to face-to-face visitors for the time being.)


Thank you and stay safe.

The VisitLancaster team x