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Easing of National restrictions

The next phase of the lifting of lockdown sees the following changes to the national restrictions today:

  • Indoor hospitality can reopen and indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums, and children’s play areas.
    • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors.
      • Outdoor entertainment can reopen, including outdoor cinemas and performances. Conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events, but numbers will be restricted.
        • Close contact, such as hugging, with friends and family. Its important to check with the people you are meeting that they are comfortable with this first.
          • COVID-secure rules remain for the workplace and businesses, such as in shops and hospitality.
            • International travel can begin to safely, allowing people to go on foreign holidays to ‘green’ list countries. Strict border control measures will remain in place, including pre-departure tests and a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back in the UK.
              • Face coverings will no longer be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges. Twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.
                • University students can return to in-person teaching and learning and should get tested twice a week upon return.
                  • Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events.
                    • The number of people able to attend a funeral will be determined by the number that can be safely accommodated in the venue with social distancing in place.
                      • 30 people will be able to attend a support group or parent and child group. Children under 5 will not be included in the numbers.
                        • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms may reopen.
                          • Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors. Two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures.
                            • Care home residents will be able to leave the care home without having to self isolate for 14 days upon return.
                              • Whilst it is great news that many of our sectors who have remained closed for months can now finally re-open in some form, we must remain vigilant whilst mixing with people to ensure that we do not see a sharp rise in the number of cases. There is still significant concern that new variants, such as the Indian variant, will cause a new spike in cases and possibly deaths from Covid-19. If we are all cautious within the new guidelines, we can hope for a further easing of lockdown restrictions in June.

                                  More details on all restrictions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

                                  All details are correct at date of publication shown at the top of the article

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