Covid 19 Updates 12 April – Step 2 of the Roadmap, Testing, and Office Work

Further Easing of Covid Restrictions

The Prime Minister has confirmed that Step 2 of the roadmap will proceed after data confirmed the government’s four tests for easing Covid restrictions has been met.

For museums, this means that:

Outdoor spaces can reopen

  • Groups of six people or two households can gather.

Outdoor areas at hospitality venues such as cafes can reopen

  • This includes outdoor shelters. To be considered ‘outdoors’, shelters, marquees and other structures can have a roof but need to have at least 50% of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use.
  • Customers may use toilets located inside. When doing so they must wear a face covering, unless exempt.
  • Premises serving alcohol must have table service. If it’s not possible to take payment outdoors, for example due to a technical issue, you can take payment indoors as a last resort.
  • Groups of six people or two households can gather.

Non-essential retail (such as gift shops and takeaway kiosks) in indoor museums can open only where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.

  • Customers can enter alone, or as part of a household or support bubble.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times unless exempt.



Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid (lateral flow) coronavirus test twice a week. To find out how to get a test, read the guidance.


Working in Offices

New guidance has also been published for people who work in or run offices, contact centres, and similar indoor environments. This includes guidance on how to protect your staff, customers, visitors, and contractors, as well as how to obtain free rapid (lateral flow) coronavirus tests for your organisation.