Lockdown rule changes from Mon 12th April

    A typical Pub Beer Garden

    Stage two of the government's roadmap out of lockdown continues on Monday, April 12th, with the reopening of non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms and beer gardens.

    Further coronavirus restrictions will be eased in England on Monday, April 12th, as the government progresses with its roadmap out of lockdown.

    Next week will see Brits heading back into shops, gyms and beer gardens as stage two of the lockdown easing commences.

    Boris Johnson has said that the move is “fully justified by the data” but warned that we "can’t be complacent".

    There will be no changes to the social contact rules in England so that means outdoor gatherings are still limited to six people or two households, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt.

    The next step allows numerous businesses across England to reopen to customers providing a much-needed boost to the economy.

    Here are all the rule changes to you need to know about from April 12th.

    Additional indoor businesses to reopen.

    A number of indoor businesses will be allowed to reopen from April 12th including all non-essential shops, personal care premises such as hair and beauty salons, gyms and spas.

    Saunas and steam rooms will remain closed for now.

    Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will also reopen.

    Indoor settings should only be visited on your own, or with your household group or bubble.

    Venues will have to ensure they have measures in place which make them Covid-secure, such as one-way systems and hygiene stations.

    Face coverings are to be worn inside shops, shopping centers, salons and beauty parlors, libraries and other indoor attractions.

    You will not be required to wear a face-covering while exercising in the gym but it is strongly encouraged that you wear one in any enclosed public spaces.

    Outdoor hospitality and attractions.

    The majority of outdoor settings and attractions will be allowed to reopen from April 12th.

    This includes outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events.

    Hospitality venues will only be able to open for outdoor service, such as in a beer garden or terrace.

    There will be no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew but the requirement to eat and drink while seated and order at the table will remain.

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