School & colleges given green light to reopen
- Children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities
Increase social contact
- People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household.
- Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor
- Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Business and activities
- Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
- The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed.
If all goes well
Business and activities
- Pubs and hospitality venues with outside areas can serve
- Re-opening of non-essential retail. We can not wait to visit our friends at SPE Furnishings
- Hairdressers and nail salons – Hurray
- Libraries and community centres
- Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen. Outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.
- Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen. Last year many of our account holders turned to Staycation Holidays and we’ve already had loan applications coming in preparation for this spring/summer
- Continued easing of limits on seeing friends and family, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances. Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply.
Businesses, Pubs, accommodation to reopen. Plus test events
- Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen.
- Indoor Pubs & Hospitality venues will reopen. No need to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. However you will have to order, eat and drink while seated.
- Cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.
- The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full. In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend.
- Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, christenings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals.
- All legal limits on social contact will be removed
Business, activities and events
- Nightclubs, and easing of the restrictions on large events and performances.