COVID RULES RELAXATION – STEP 3 OF THE ROADMAP
FROM MONDAY 17th MAY 2021
From Monday 17th May 2021, the Government, currently intends to proceed to Step 3 of the Covid Roadmap. This means :
· People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
· Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed
· Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events
· The number of people who can attend a funeral will no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue
· Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)
· Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home
Social distancing with close family and friends will be a matter of personal judgement. However you are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.
Social distancing will remain in place in social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.Youwill still need to wear face coverings on transport and in shops, unless you are exempt.
Leisure and entertainment
Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors
· Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas can open
· Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
· Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
· Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
· Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
· Face coverings no longer recommended in secondary schools for pupils
· All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching
· You will be able to travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when you return
MONDAY 12th April 2021
The UK government advice has changed with effect from Monday 12th April, as it continues its roadmap out of lockdown:
COVID LOCKDOWN ROAD MAP
With effect from Monday 12th April 2021 more businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet but please remember that social distancing and facial covering rules continue to apply.
From Monday 12th April, the following additional activities will be allowed:
· All shops allowed to open
· Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open
· Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
· Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
· Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
· Weddings - up to 15 people
· Funerals - up to 30 people, with 15 at wakes
· Children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity
· Care home visitors will increase to two per resident
In addition, with effect from Monday 29th March, the following activities have been allowed in England:
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, 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. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
A full list of the Government's lockdown restrictions is at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Vaccine roll out in East Sussex
We are all being advised to get tested, should we show symptoms, please continue to promote this message to help us control the virus. Further details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested In the event that people with symptoms are unable to obtain a local test, it is not recommended that they travel long distances. Government advice is to try booking again in a few hours. A good time to try is 8pm when new slots are made available.
Please find below some links to other useful information during the coronavirus emergency
East Sussex Community HUB
Information from NHS
Information from UK government
Information from UK government for employers and businesses
Information from Wealden District Council
Information from Neighbourhood Watch about protecting the vulnerable and isolated
Information from OFCOM on possible Scams