20 Apr Step 2 of the roadmap for lifting lockdown
After what feels like a lifetime of being inside, life has slowly been returning to normal; with this week seeing the next major stage in the roadmap of easing the lockdown. But what exactly are the next stages of the roadmap as we move away from restrictions.
As of the 12th of April, the opening of non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, public buildings, libraries and community centres has taken place.
Following the opening of outdoor sports faculties on the 29th of March, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms have been able to reopen. But with the condition that they are used solely or with people who are from the same household.
After being cooped up inside for weeks on end, the majority of outdoor attractions and settings of outdoor hospitality venues have opened, which also includes hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
For the first time in months, people will now be able to go on holiday. But you can only go on holiday in self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets and with people from your same household.
For many of us, the date has been in the diary for weeks – the reopening of pubs and restaurants. With the return of hospitality, you can now go to the pub and have a drink with your friends for the first time this year – but for now, only outside.
The reopening of hospitality will see the end of needing to order a substantial meal and curfew restrictions. However, customers will have to order, eat and drink through table service. Other social contact rules will remain in place to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
The stay-at-home rule has now been lifted, but It is still being encouraged by the government to keep journeys to a minimum, and where possible to still work from home.
After weeks of online shopping, the highstreet is now allowed to return and reopen after months of closed doors and no customers. Social distancing rules still must be maintained alongside wearing a mask.
Now, funerals will be able to take place with 30 people, while wakes will allow 15 people.
For those getting married, weddings and receptions can also have a capacity of 15 people.
But what follows in the next stage in the roadmap of getting out of lockdown. At the earliest, England will move to step 3 of the road map on the 17th of May.
This will bring 30 people being able to meet outdoors and the rule of 6 being implemented inside. It will also see pubs and restaurants being able to take service inside, as well as overnight stays being allowed.
But until then we must continue social distancing practices to ensure a smooth transition out of lockdown.
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