Further relaxation to go ahead

Following the Prime Minister’s address this evening, the COVID 19 restrictions will change a week today.

From Monday 12 April:

  • non-essential retail will reopen, as will personal care including hairdressers and nail salons.
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will re-open, as will holiday-lets, but only for use by individuals or household groups.
  • Public libraries and community centres will open.
  • Re-opening of pubs and restaurants for outdoor service only

Just a quick recap on what other activities are currently permitted:

  • Pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can safely return to face-to-face teaching.
  • Students on university courses requiring practical teaching, will also return
  • People will also be able to meet one person from outside their household for outdoor recreation.
  • The Rule of Six will return outdoors, including in private gardens.
  • Outdoor meetings of two households will also be permitted.
  • Legal requirement not to leave home lifted.
  • Outdoor sports facilities – such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools – will be able to reopen

If all continues to go to plan the following further changes will come into play on 17 May:

  • You will be able to see your friends and family indoors – subject to the Rule of Six or the meeting of two households.
  • Pubs and restaurants open indoors
  • Cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels, hostels, and B&Bs allowed to open.
  • Theatres and concert halls will be allowed to open their doors. Subject to capacity limits depending on the size of the venue.
  • Sports stadia allowed to hot events with crowds in attendance also subject to capacity restrictions.

And the final phase of reopening, again subject to all going well runs from 21 June:

  • Remove all legal limits on social contact, and on weddings and other life events.
  • Enable large events such as theatre performances above the limits outlined above.

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