Coronavirus (COVID-19): Roadmap out of lockdown | Coronavirus (COVID-19): Roadmap out of lockdown | Medway Council

Following the latest government guidance, a national roadmap for coming out of lockdown restrictions begins from Monday 8 March 2021.

The four-step plan will see restrictions lifted over the next few months, providing it’s safe to do so.

Restrictions will only be lifted if the following tests are met nationally:

  • the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new ‘variants of concern’.

Read the Coronavirus Response Spring 2021 guidance.

For now, please continue to stay at home. You should only leave home for an essential reason, including:

  • for work
  • for exercise
  • for food shopping
  • for a medical reason.

Roadmap out of lockdown

Not sure what rules will be lifted over the next few months on the road to helping us get out of lockdown? The national restrictions will be lifted through a phased approach:

Step one

Monday 8 March 2021

  • Schools will reopen
  • You can socialise outdoors with one other person (social distanced).

Monday 29 March 2021

  • Outdoor gatherings of either six people from different households (the rule of six) or two households will also be allowed. This can include meeting in a private garden.

Step 2: Not before Monday 12 April 2021

  • Non-essential retail will reopen
  • Outdoor attractions will reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality (including restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating facilities) will reopen.

Step 3: Not before Monday 17 May 2021

  • Social contact indoors of either six people from different households (the rule of six) or two households (no limit on numbers)
  • Indoor hospitality can reopen (including hotels, restaurants and pubs)
  • Indoor entertainment can reopen (including cinemas)
  • Large scale events in indoor and outdoor locations.

Step 4: Not before 21 June 2021

  • Legal limits on social contact will be removed.

Read the full details on the national roadmap plan.

Council services

We will provide updates on the reopening of council services and activities (as part of the government’s lifting of lockdown restrictions) for each step of the national roadmap.

Check our service updates for the latest.

Keep on following the rules

Please make sure you continue to follow Hands > Face > Space:

  1. wash your hands regularly throughout the day (a thorough wash = 20 seconds)
  2. social distance from anyone not in your household when you’re outside or visiting one of the services available
  3. wear face coverings in shops, shopping centres, public transport and when you visit council buildings.

If you have a coronavirus symptom (a new cough, high temperature or a loss of taste and smell), you must stay at home and book a test online or by phoning 119. You only need to book a test if you have a symptom.

Symptom-free testing

One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms. Help stop the spread of the virus – book a symptom-free test today. Available for anyone who lives or works in Medway.

We have five test centres to choose from.

Book a test today.


The NHS roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines is prioritising by age-group.

Have you had your first dose? Please continue to follow the safety rules. You can still spread the virus without knowing.

Please play your part. Don’t put others at risk - we can only get back to the things we love if we stop the spread of coronavirus.

Find out more on the vaccine roll-out.

Latest infection rate

The latest weekly infection rate for Medway will be published every Wednesday afternoon.

Check the latest figures.

Protect each other. Protect Medway. Become a COVID-19 Community Champion

We all need to continue playing our part to control the spread of the virus and prevent further restrictions.

You can help your community stay up-to-date on the latest guidelines and promote local health and wellbeing services: We’re now recruiting for COVID-19 Community Champions.

Find out more about the benefits of the role.

Sign up by emailing