Lockdown felt like forever and then some and was challenging for us all. We are all relived that restrictions are finally being eased and we can now enjoy the things we used to love before lockdown began. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, there is no doubt that the world is looking forward to life getting back to normal as possible. As of April 12th, the restrictions are being changed so here is a breakdown of what you can and can’t do.
- The Rule of Six is still in effect – groups are limited to six people only or up to two households.
- Outdoor dining and pubs will be opening and will only serve customers in outdoor areas. Each individual has to check in on the NHS test and trace app, not just one per group.
- Non-essential shops are now open – this includes retail stores – book shops, technology shops, clothing and homeware etc.
- Hairdressers and nail salons are now open – they have been advised to avoid lengthy treatments.
- Gyms are open – as indoor socialising is still barred so you can only attend the gym with people from your own household. Indoor swimming pools and other indoor exercise venues have opened but saunas and steam rooms remain closed.
- Outdoor hospitality venues are open – such as zoos and theme parks
- Ceremonies – weddings and civil partnerships are permitted to take place with 15 guests and funerals with up to 30 guests allowed.
- Staycations are now allowed with only one household per permitted to stay overnight.
- Self-contained accommodations can now be rented – this includes AirBnBs, cottages and campsites.
- Do not meet with more than six people even in outdoor spaces.
- Indoor gatherings are still prohibited.
- International holidays are still illegal.
- Do not meet indoors with anybody that you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble.
We have been waiting for lockdown restrictions to be eased for a long time so enjoy yourself but it also very important to follow the rules so you can be safe and make sure everyone around you is safe too. For a more detailed insight into the COVID roadmap click here.