Lockdown rules easing 12th April
Hope is on the horizon!
As more and more people receive their Covid-19 vaccinations and the R number continues to fall, the lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease across the country.
The big day happened yesterday (12th April) where non-essential retail, salons and pubs were able to reopen for the first time in nearly 100 days. In good time as well as it looks as though the weather is just about to make it’s mind up and start giving us glorious sunshine for once!
Let’s have a look at what else has changed with the new easing of restrictions It’s important to remember that all the other rules from previous steps still apply unless they have been superseded by the new rules.
Take directly from the gov.uk website…
“Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.”
Let's all enjoy the extra freedoms we have while we can, but let's do it sensibly and responsibly. The next five weeks are key if we want to see further easing of restrictions from May 17th. These will include being able to meet more people both in and outdoors and no curfew on hospitality venues etc. As one of my lectures says “be kind to your future selves” lets make the most of now but also keep the possibility of a summer holiday well within our grasp by continuing to keep each other safe and to follow the rules appropriately.
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