Changes to restrictions
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have changed.
However, many restrictions remain in place.
- You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with
- You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
Full details of these rules can be found on the GOV.UK website:
(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK website
You will be able to:
- Meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
- Take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
- Childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
- Formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be not counted in this number
The following businesses can now re-open:
- Non-essential retail
- Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons
- Public buildings, including libraries and community centres
- Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups) Most outdoor attractions and settings
Finacial support is available for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic:
Leisure and hospitality
Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors. There is 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.
Members of staff and the public must wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.
Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
From Monday 12 April, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will be able to proceed with 15 people.
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions - GOV.UK website
You can attend places of worship for a service. When a service is taking place indoors you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
When a service is taking place outdoors, you must not mingle in groups larger than 6, except for groups from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible).
- Places of worship - GOV.UK website
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, whether indoors or outdoors (this number does not include funeral staff), up to 6 people can attend linked commemorative events.
It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays.
Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can now reopen in England.
People are only able to stay away from home with other members of their household, or bubble,
- Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do: GOV.UK website
Advice for people at highest risk of coronavirus
From 1 April, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield.
However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself.
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