The Government has confirmed some big changes to lockdown restrictions from Monday 12 April – including pub gardens and non-essential shops reopening – as part of the roadmap out of lockdown.
Please familiarise yourself with the new rules (see the full details on the gov.uk website), continue to maintain social distance and wear a face mask in public, and support our policing missions to keep our communities safe. You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The new rules from 12 April
- non-essential retail will be able to reopen
- personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
Meeting family and friends
You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble. You can meet outdoors following the Rule of 6:
- in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
- in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
- If you’re in a support bubble
- If you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other
- Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face: wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space: stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
Visit gov.uk/coronavirus for more advice.
Wash your hands, cover your face, make space
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