ALTHOUGH the rules have changed to 'Stay Local' some may be planning to travel around the region, and even out, for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

Earlier this week, the Government's message changed from 'Stay Home,' meaning people in England no longer need a reason to leave their home.

It marked the completion of the first step of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown restrictions that have been in place since January.

But certain rules, guidance and restrictions remain in place as the easing of national lockdown restrictions gradually continue.

We've put together a list of what you can and cannot do when travelling as millions are set to enjoy the four-day break from tomorrow.

What the rules say on travel

The official Government guidance on travel in the country states you should "minimise" this where possible.

It goes on to say that you should avoid making unnecessary trips, combining them where possible in order to meet the guidance.

It does not define what is necessary in the latest guidance, but this is likely to include for work or education purposes, medical treatment, shopping, and to care for a loved one.

But it says if you do decide to travel, you should avoid sharing a car with anyone from outside your household, support or childcare bubble.

Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes, including on public transport services, is also the guidance.

How far can I travel?

Although this is guidance and is strongly encouraged to prevent transmission and delays to the easing of restrictions, there is 'no rule' on how far you go.

There may be different rules when entering each of the remaining nations - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

But the national chairman of the Police Federation, John Apter, earlier this week said it is no longer illegal to travel in England.

However, restrictions on mixing indoors and staying overnight in private homes and hotels continue to apply.

He previously said: "It's not a rule, it's guidance, and as I said, guidance is not legally enforceable.

"As a member of the public we've got a moral duty to our fellow citizens but its not legally enforceable."

But Nigel Huddleston, minister for sport and tourism, urged Brits to "be sensible" as restrictions on travel were eased on March 29

Can I still be fined?

It has already been said that police will continue to fine people where there is a "clear breach" of the rules.

It means that while a journey from Durham to Leeds may not be illegal, staying overnight at someone else's home (not in your bubble) is breaking the law.

In England, you can be fined £200 for a first offence, rising to a maximum of £6,400 for subsequent offences.

Cleveland Police earlier this week vowed to move "straight to enforcement action" against those flouting the rules with indoor gatherings.