THE great unlocking of Britain has begun – with Brits eagerly awaiting for the chance to see their mates after months of lockdown.
Kids have already returned to school, with the next phase of Boris Johnson's plan to unlock the UK slated to begin on March 29.
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The next step will take place providing the vaccine programme continues successfully, no new variants of concern emerge, there is no sign of a surge in hospitalisations and the jabs are working.
And in a vote of confidence so far, almost half of the population has been vaccinated, with cases continuing to drop.
So what are the rules that will change on March 29?
On March 29, the rule of six will be re-introduced, allowing six people or less – or two households – to mix outdoors.
This means even small gatherings in private gardens will be permitted – just in time for Easter over the April 4 weekend.
However, Brits should make sure to only gather outside while following social distancing guidelines for any events as the lockdown begins to ease.
Outdoor team sports and activities such as tennis and golf will also return from March 29, with people able to head to their local sports clubs again.
Tennis and basketball courts will be allowed to reopen, along with open-air swimming pools.
And in good news for sports, Brits will again be able to start taking place in formally organised outdoor sports events like amateur football leagues.
But indoor facilities like gyms won't be open until at least April 12.
The stay-at-home message will also be ditched from March 29 and Brits will simply be told to "minimise travel".
It means the public will be advised to meet up with friends and family locally – but it will not be illegal to travel to see relatives outdoors further afield.
Sadly, travel abroad will still not be allowed, other than for a small number of reasons.
The next step towards the end of lockdown will come on April 12, with hairdressers and beauty salons expected to reopen.
April will also see pubs and restaurants able to serve food and drink outdoors, while gyms will be allowed to open their doors once again.
All restrictions are expected to be lifted by June 21.
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