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A road map back to "normality"

The Cabinet Office has issued further guidance on which businesses will be allowed to reopen at each stage of the Road Map

29 March 2021

Outdoor sports facilities able to re-open include:

  • Gyms

  • swimming pools

  • sports courts (such as tennis and basketball courts)

  • golf courses, including mini golf

  • water sports venues

  • climbing walls

  • driving and shooting ranges

  • riding arenas at riding centres

  • archery venues

People can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.

12 April 2021

Non-essential retail will reopen. This will include:

  • retail travel agents

  • betting shops (subject to additional COVID-Secure measures, such as limiting the use of gaming machines).

Indoor sports and leisure facilities will reopen. This will include:

  • gyms and leisure centres

  • sports courts

  • swimming pools

  • dance studios and fitness centres

  • driving and shooting ranges

  • riding arenas

  • archery venues

  • climbing wall centres


Self-contained holiday accommodation will re-open in which all facilities (including for sleeping, catering, bathing, and indoor lobbies and corridors for entry and exit) are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble.


Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in member’s clubs) can reopen, including for takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use toilets located inside. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated.

Outdoor Attractions

Outdoor attractions will reopen at:

  • adventure parks and activities

  • animal attractions (such as at zoos, safari parks and aquariums)

  • drive in events, such as for cinemas, theatres, and other performances.

  • film studios

  • funfairs and fairgrounds

  • model villages

  • museums and galleries

  • skating rinks

  • theme parks

  • trampolining parks

  • water and aqua parks

Gift Shops at Attractions

Permitted businesses operating in otherwise closed attractions (such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at a museum) may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.

Outdoor events

Outdoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, can be organised, subject to specific conditions:

  • that they comply with COVID-Secure guidance including taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmission, complete a related risk assessment

  • that they ensure that those attending do not mix beyond what is permitted by the social contact limits (unless another exemption exists, such as for work purposes, or supervised activities for children).

This could enable spectators at a grassroots sports match or a village fete, provided people do not mix beyond groups of 6 people or two households.

17 May 2021


Indoor areas of hospitality venues will reopen. As outdoors, table service will be required. Venues will be prohibited from providing shared smoking equipment such as shisha pipes.


Remaining holiday accommodation can reopen including hotels, B&Bs, campsites with shared facilities and Hostels

Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions

Businesses that can reopen will include:

  • Cinemas/theatres/concert halls

  • museums and galleries

  • adventure playgrounds and activities

  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres

  • bingo halls/casinos

  • bowling alleys/skating rinks

  • games, recreation and entertainment venues such as escape rooms and laser quest

  • play areas (including soft play centres and inflatable parks)

  • trampolining parks/water and aqua parks

  • indoor visitor areas at outdoor attractions that opened on 12th April 2021

Outdoor Events

Remaining outdoor entertainment events, such as cinemas, theatres, and other performance events will also be permitted.

21 June 2021

Remaining businesses to open including

  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues

  • lifting the restrictions on large events

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