What Can You Do?: Current Roadmap Guidelines

Restrictions are lifting, days are longer and warmer and more and more people are being vaccinated. The roadmap has been laid out but we know it can still be difficult to know what's allowed, when particularly on campus.

Mar 25, 2021

Pubs, restaurants and more reopening from Monday 12th April

Many businesses are reopening their outdoors spaces from Monday 12 April, following the government’s easing of restrictions.

There’s lots more you can do and enjoy in the city as the weather gets better:

  • Grab a pint in a pub garden
  • Dine out with friends
  • On-campus cafes are opening up too - from Monday 12 April, The Hub, The Library and ULC cafes are open for takeaway food and drink. From Monday 19 April, Portland, Cafe Coco, Eldon will also be open for takeaways. The Hub, Coco, Portland and Eldon also have outdoor seating if you’d like to sit down with your lunch or coffee. 
  • Go shopping
  • Work out at the gym - Gyms are re-opening, including the Uni gym at St Paul’s sports centre. Book yourself into a Covid-safe gym session, class or court booking via the Sports and Rec team.
  • Have a go at mini golf and the city’s fairground rides
  • Outdoor venues are reopening
  • Explore the city on an e-scooter - Get some mates together and borrow one of the council’s e-scooters to explore a new part of the city. Ride to Old Portsmouth and have lunch on the Hard looking out at HMS Warrior - Britain’s first iron-clad ship. Or take a picnic to the quieter, greener Eastney beach.
  • Other outdoor options that have been available for a few weeks include going skating, playing tennis and having BBQs.

Don’t forget the Covid rules: You can meet outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles). You cannot meet with anyone you don’t live with indoors and you should minimise travelling where possible.

More information on the remaining restrictions is available on the Government website.

Can Do Relaunch - Rule of 6 outdoors and outdoor sports from Monday 29th March 2021

We’re re-launching our Can Do initiative with the Students’ Union - highlighting the things you can do as the Government’s Covid restrictions loosen and society slowly opens up once more.  

There are 3 things changing from Monday (29 March):

  1. Rule of 6 outdoors - outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
  2. Outdoor sports - Facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
  3. End of ‘stay at home rule’ - this will officially end but many Government restrictions will remain in place and you should minimise the number of journeys you take where possible. 

Ideas for things you can do

  • Fish and chips with a friend - Watch the sunset on the beach with fish and chips from on of Portsmouth's many fish and chip shops, or grab a coffee and cinnamon bun from one of the independent local coffee shops.
  • Skate, scoot and ride - Southsea Skatepark reopens on 29 March to bookings with limited numbers for safety reasons
  • Anyone for tennis? - Southsea Tennis Club also reopens on 29 March where you can join as a member if you’re not already one
  • Seafront run or bike ride - go for a bike ride or a run along the promenade. It can be busy at times, so make sure you give others plenty of space. 
  • 3-a-side football/frisbee - fling a frisbee or use jumpers for goalposts on Southsea Common (just keep it to a maximum of 6 people overall or 2 households)
  • Kite flying with your mates - it can get a bit windy along the seafront, but it’s great for a bit of kite flying
  • Barbecue by the sea - it’s one the great things about living and studying in Portsmouth when the sun is shining. Please BBQ responsibly and use the dedicated BBQ zones to help keep the seafront safe for everyone.

Rules to follow

We’re all getting excited about restrictions slowly listing, but we’ve still got to play our part in keeping Covid case numbers down and keeping our community safe. Please follow the rules and be considerate to your neighbours:  

  • Government restrictions on indoor gatherings, social distancing, mask wearing and travel abroad remain the same
  • Be considerate and make room for others when it's busy in outdoor public areas
  • Help make our seafront and green spaces a rubbish free zone by following these simple rules: 
  1. If there's a bin, use it.
  2. When a bin is full, take your rubbish home with you.
  3. Recycle what you can.



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