The first step towards ending the lockdown in England has begun. People are now allowed to meet someone from another household to have a coffee or a picnic in the park.
The residents of nursing homes are also allowed to be visited by their relatives, and most importantly, the children make their way back to school.
Experts will be watching closely to see if there will be a sharp spike in these early stages of easing, and there are no promises that future data will not be pushed back on Boris Johnson’s roadmap, reports Mirror online.
With the first leg around the corner, today you can and cannot do the following:
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- 1 You can (and should) send your child to school
- 2 You can take your child to all-round care
- 3 You can have a coffee or a picnic with a friend in the park
- 4 You can visit a loved one in a nursing home
- 5 You can campaign for local elections
- 6 You can only leave the house for limited reasons
- 7 You can’t go on vacation or stay overnight
- 8 You cannot leave the country without good reason.
- 9 You can’t have a picnic with five friends at the same time
- 10 You can’t go to the pub
You can (and should) send your child to school
Schools in England will reopen on March 8th. The primary schools are expected to open all at once.
The secondary school reopening will be staggered over the week as their students must first take a quick test at school before they can begin in-person tuition.
Secondary school students, who are also asked to wear masks in class, will be given side flow test kits to test themselves for Covid at home twice a week.
School sport can continue as long as it is intended for training or part of the all-round care, such as B. After school clubs.
Students can also return if they need practical work or special facilities to complete their courses. However, other university students should stay home and their status will be checked over Easter.
Unions have called for schools to reopen gradually, and there are concerns that rapid testing could miss many positive cases – and that many people will be mistakenly positive when overall case rates are low.
But Boris Johnson said: “Reopening schools is a truly national effort to fight this virus. Because of the determination of every person in this country, we can move closer to a sense of normalcy.”
You can take your child to all-round care
Circumferential childcare, including child minders, can be restarted for all children from March 8th under certain circumstances.
The good reasons for sending your child to childcare are work, looking for a job, going to school, receiving medical care or participating in a self-help group.
Children at risk can attend childcare regardless of the reason.
You can have a coffee or a picnic with a friend in the park
“Recreation” is added to the list of valid reasons for leaving your home. This means that you can sit down in any public space, including to eat and drink. So far you could only train.
You may participate in this recovery with your own household, your support or childcare bubble, or with someone from another household.
If you meet someone from a different household, only two of you are allowed to be present.
Children under the age of 5 and two carers of a person with a disability are not taken into account in the case of assembly restrictions. However, older children are not exempted and therefore cannot “participate”.
When you meet someone from another household, you shouldn’t hug them. “Social distancing and other safe behaviors should be followed,” says the government.
You can visit a loved one in a nursing home
The rules for visiting nursing homes are changing so that each resident can designate a named, consistent visitor.
Before each trip, the visitor must do a rapid Covid test and wear PPE. However, you can hold hands with your loved one.
Previously, nursing home visits were allowed, but only in very limited circumstances, including screens or outdoor settings.
If you are not the “named visitor” of your loved one, you can still visit them, but only under these more restricted conditions.
Residents with the highest needs can also appoint a “primary care carer” who has the same access and PPE regulations as the nursing home staff. Here, “close personal care from a loved one is crucial for the immediate health and well-being of the resident”.
You can campaign for local elections
Activists will be allowed to deliver leaflets and knock on doors from March 8th to participate in the local elections in May.
Only individual activists are allowed to go door to door, and while they can speak to voters on the doorstep, doing so should be socially distant.
Activists shouldn’t go into people’s homes.
You can only leave the house for limited reasons
The national “stay at home” ordinance is in effect in England until March 29th.
You can only leave your home for limited exceptions such as work, education, grocery or medicine shopping, exercise, or helping a vulnerable person.
The big difference is that the list of exceptions has been expanded to include “outdoor recreation”.
You can’t go on vacation or stay overnight
Self-contained holidays in England with your own household are not allowed until April 12th at the earliest – step 2.
Holidays with several households or abroad are permitted on May 17th at the earliest – step 3.
You can’t travel until May 17th at the earliest to stay overnight with friends and family who are not in your bladder.
Even if someone is in your support bladder, it is recommended that you “stay on the spot” and not travel long distances. However, this is a guide, not the law, and you cannot be fined for traveling within England unless you have a reasonable excuse.
You cannot leave the country without good reason.
Ministers first announced in January that they would need a “valid reason” to leave the country.
This was already true as you need a reasonable excuse to leave your home, but it wasn’t well monitored.
The timetable stated that this would be finally required by law from March 8th.
A three-page form must be downloaded from the government website and signed prior to travel.
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Travelers can then present a paper copy or carry the form on their cell phone to show the airport staff at check-in or at the departure gate.
Passengers who do not have a valid form may be denied access to their flight or risk a £ 200 fine.
The details were revealed 40 days after Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that people are going harshly abroad for no good reason.
You can’t have a picnic with five friends at the same time
Starting March 29, people are allowed to gather outdoors in groups of up to six people or two households, whichever is greater.
However, this new “rule of six” has not yet come into force. Currently, gatherings or multiple households in a public outdoor area are limited to a total of just two people. The two of you might have a picnic, but don’t invite anyone else to join.
You can’t go to the pub
Pub beer gardens and non-essential shops will not open until April 12th at the earliest. The interiors of pubs, restaurants and cafes will not open until May 17th at the earliest.
Take-away pints may be resumed, but only from April 12th, when the beer gardens can be reopened anyway.
Groups of up to two households or six people are not allowed in beer gardens until April 12th at the earliest.