Roadmap for Spring 2021

The UK Government has published a four-stage roadmap to ease restrictions across England


The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.

This assessment will be based on four tests:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern


There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.

The chief medical officer and the chief scientific adviser have made clear that this will give time to assess the impact of each step and reduce the risk of having to re-impose restrictions at a later date.