Non-essential retail shops are reopening from Monday 12 April.
Shops will open at the same time as hairdressers and gyms, as well as overnight stays and self-contained accommodation.
Whilst these businesses can open, they should only be visited alone or with household groups.
Pubs, restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating are also permitted to trade from this time, with no curfew in place or rules around substantial meals.
Initially, this will be limited to up to six people from a maximum of two households.
The easing of restrictions is part of the Government's roadmap. The four-step plan is the way out for what is hoped to be the final lockdown, four tests must be met before each step is triggered
The tests are:
- The vaccine programme is continuing successfully (including the flow of supplies);
- Evidence shows that the vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated;
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS;
- The government’s assessment of the risk is not fundamentally changed by new ‘variants of concern’
So, whilst it isn’t business as usual just yet, we have a clear plan to help get us out of this third, and hopefully final – national lockdown.
If we are to make the roadmap to recovery a success, we must all do our bit.
It’s vital that we stick to social distancing, wear a mask (unless exempt) and regularly wash and sanitise our hands when visiting our high streets.
We also have a shared responsibility to adhere to business-specific procedures, such as the rule of six, capacity limits and following directional routes