Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown restrictions will continue to be relaxed at various stages across the UK, with significant changes starting the weekend in Wales and starting Monday in England.
Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the country’s requirement to stay on-site will be lifted on Saturday, meaning there will be no travel restrictions in Wales since it was locked on December 20th.
People can also spend the night in independent holiday homes from the same day. However, an “All Wales Travel Area” until April 12th means that people will not be able to travel in or out of the country for at least two weeks without a reasonable excuse. like work.
Other changes to Welsh coronavirus rules from Saturday include the ability to allow up to six people from two different households to meet and exercise outdoors, as well as organized outdoor activities and sports for children under the age of 18.
But the relaxation must not be taken advantage of by people living elsewhere in the UK – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are still closed.
Here’s a look at how the other UK nations are ending the coronavirus shutdown.
Starting Monday, when the Easter break begins, government guidelines allow larger groups of up to six people from any number of households or a group of up to two households of any size to congregate in parks and gardens in England.
This ends the “stay home” order, but people are encouraged to “stay home” if possible.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are also reopening. Organized sport for adults and children – including grassroots football – may return.
Child care and supervised outdoor activities for all children are also permitted.
Shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor restaurants such as beer gardens cannot reopen until April 12th at the earliest.
The country’s stay at home order is due to be lifted on April 2nd. The Scots advise instead to stay on site.
From April 5, click-and-collect retail services as well as garden centers, car dealerships, household goods stores and hairdressers and hairdressers can also reopen.
Scotland will then get out of lockdown and return to a level system on April 26th – starting with a “modified level three”.
On the same day, travel restrictions across the country will be lifted and a variety of other venues including libraries, museums and galleries, gyms and pools will be allowed to reopen.
All school children are expected to be back in class by April 12, after accelerating a gradual return on Monday.
The older elementary school kids – P4-P7 – joined the youngest on Monday, who returned to the classroom more than two weeks ago, while years 12-14 were also back in secondary schools across Northern Ireland.
The broader lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on April 15th. However, the main changes include:
- As of April 1, up to six people from no more than two households can meet outdoors in a private garden.
- Up to 10 people from no more than two households can take part in outdoor sports. Clubhouses and changing rooms, however, remain closed.
- Click-and-collect purchases in garden centers and tree nurseries are allowed.
- Starting April 12, up to 10 people from no more than two households can meet outdoors in a private garden.
- Click and collect in all non-essential retail stores.