Roadmap out of lockdown

Reopening of high streets: Stay Safe, Stay Kind, Stay Local

The government has confirmed that outdoor hospitality, shops, gyms and hairdressers will reopen from Monday 12 April.

This means that from Monday 12 April, we will see further easing of restrictions as we enter step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, however certain restrictions still apply. Residents should remember to:

Stay Safe: Shop safely by following government guidelines. Although there is further easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, Hands, Face, Space and Air remain

Stay Kind: Remember we’re all in this together so respect others when out shopping and be kind. Shop alone where possible as this will allow more people to also get their shopping done

Stay local: Shop local, there’s so much to offer in Redbridge #RedbridgeOpenForBusiness

Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households.

See government roadmap plans here

From Monday 12 April (Step 2):

  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) reopen for use individually or within household groups
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos to reopen
  • Libraries and community centres to reopen
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers to reopen
  • All retail to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality to reopen
  • Six people or two households can meet outdoors
  • No households mixing indoors
  • Outdoor parent and child groups of up to 15 parents allowed
  • Overnight stays within UK (household only) allowed
  • No international holidays

The number of care home visitors will also increase to two per resident, and all children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. The government announced its roadmap out of lockdown on 22 February.


Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew. The requirement to eat and drink while seated will remain.

With businesses that have employees that can work from home, this should continue.

Businesses can visit Shop Safe Redbridge for more information about opening safely including a checklist and further resources.

Workplace Testing

Business employees should get a rapid test twice a week. This can be done under the workplace testing programme, by visiting a rapid test site or through community collect.

Under the workplace testing programme, businesses with over ten workers, where it is not possible to set up testing on-site, can receive home test kits. Businesses are encouraged to register before Monday 12 April in order to access free tests until the end of June, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away.

Register here:

More information on rapid testing

NHS Test and Trace App

It is a legal requirement for businesses to display the QR Code in an accessible location and in a visible place. Businesses that are expected to keep a log of visitors and display a unique QR code include:

  • businesses where food or drink is consumed on the premises (pubs and restaurants)
  • leisure and tourism services (such as cinemas and sports services)
  • businesses that offer close physical contact (for example hairdressers, barbers and nail bars) 
  • social, cultural and recreational services

Business support

There are many ways in which businesses can receive support. Businesses can visit the Coronavirus Information Hub  for more.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021

Work Redbridge service continues to support employers and offers a quality, bespoke and free recruitment service. For more information email: or call 020 8708 2366


All children and students are now in face to face education in schools and colleges.

Rapid testing twice a week for members of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a secondary school/college pupil, can be accessed:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • At a rapid test site (find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site)
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site. These are available to collect between 8am and 1.30pm at:
  • Gants Hill Library Car Park, Cranbrook Rd, Ilford, IG2 6SX
  • Charteris Car Park, Charteris Road, Woodford, IG8 0AL
  • Mildmay Car Park, 1 Mildmay Rd, Ilford, IG1 1HW
  • Or by ordering a home test kit online on the website


Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals are no longer advised to shield but must continue to follow the rules in place for everyone under the current national restrictions. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. More information on the frequently asked questions page.

General testing in Redbridge

It is still important to get tested for COVID-19. You can now get tested even if you don’t have symptoms and you can find out more on our testing in Redbridge page.

Although the Stay at Home order will end, we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus.

Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly

Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

Ventilate – letting fresh air into enclosed spaces regularly

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