Other Covid rules changing on April 12 as pubs and shops open

Lockdown restrictions in England continue to lift, although many curbs remain in place for at least five weeks.

Most of the outdoor attractions open, although social distancing rules remain in place. Other restrictions are also relaxed by visits to nursing homes on the number of people allowed to socialize.

The guidelines for restaurants, however, remain unclear. Some local authorities say the Marshals of Covid will be patrolling the premises to ensure locally imposed regulations are followed and face covers are worn – even when customers are outdoors.

Further restrictions will be eased in England on Monday

Nursing home residents are also allowed a second regular indoor visitor. Small children and toddlers are not included in the numbers, which means that for the first time in months, nursing home residents in England are allowed to see small blisters from loved ones again.

Up to 30 people can attend a funeral, and the number of people who can attend weddings, receptions, and memorial services such as guards increases from six to 15.

Groups of parents and children with up to 15 people, not including children under five, can start again indoors.

What stores can open in England?

Non-essential stores, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and community centers, and outdoor eateries such as beer gardens are allowed to reopen across England.

Outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can reopen, although more general social distancing rules continue to apply.

Indoor recreational facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will also open, but use is restricted to individual visitors or people in their own household bubble.

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Overnight stays in England that are away from home are permitted, and stand-alone accommodations may also be reopened. However, these may only be used by members of the same household or the same support bubble.

Restrictions remain

There are many regulations in place that restrict daily life, especially that people are still not allowed to socialize or support bubbles indoors outside of their households.

Outdoor gatherings must continue to be limited to six people or two households, and people should continue to work from home where they can and minimize domestic travel where they can.

Foreign holidays are still forbidden.

When will further restrictions be relaxed?

According to the government’s roadmap, most of the rules for outside social contact will not be lifted until May 17 at the earliest – although gatherings of more than 30 people are still illegal.

Indoors, the six or two household rule applies – although the government has announced it will continue to consider whether it is safe to increase this.

Indoor hospitality, entertainment options such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the lodging sector, and indoor group sports and exercise classes for adults will also reopen.

A limited number of spectators is also permitted for sporting events and larger performances.

Any remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted from June 21st, allowing larger events to take place and nightclubs to reopen.


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