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Roadmap out of lockdown signals return to testing and training from early April


A roadmap out of lockdown in England has been announced this evening by the prime minister, with close contact services (such as driver and rider training) expected to resume from 12th April.

The overall lockdown 'exit' plan is divided into four stages with the promise that, after the first stage in March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met (i.e. if the vaccine rollout is going to plan).

We are awaiting clarification from DVSA as to their specific plans for resuming testing services, more news on this expected some time tomorrow.

The details of today's announcement from the PM can be found on GOV.UK 'Covid Response - Spring 2021', with specific reference to driver testing on page 34, item 110:

110. Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres.
Activities such as driving tests may also resume.