School Lockdown UK

First lockdown restrictions lifted in England today

8 March 2021

The first step in easing England’s third national lockdown begins today as part of the plan to get back to normal life.

Boris Johnson set out the dates for a four-step roadmap to easing the lockdown on 22 February – with the caveat that each step will be determined by COVID-19 data.

The first step is split into two, with the first restrictions eased today followed by further changes on 29 March.

ill there still be some restrictions for pupils, staff and parents?

• Secondary school pupils and all staff will have to wear face masks in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained

• Secondary school and college students will have to take lateral flow tests twice a week, at school for the first three tests then at home

• Primary and secondary school staff will also have to take tests twice a week at home

• All the home tests will be provided by their schools, with kits already sent to schools by the NHS


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