North East UK news The key dates left to come on the Government's road map out of Covid-19 lockdown PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - On Easter Monday Boris Johnson announced stage two was to go ahead as planned on April 12
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Shops, hairdressers and pub beer gardens in England are to reopen as planned from April 12 under step two of the Government's road map out of lockdown. Boris Johnson confirmed the next stage of the plans would go ahead as he held a Downing Street press conference on Easter Monday. But the Prime Minister added that people must not be complacent about the risks still posed by coronavirus. Setting out the move to the second step of the road map, Mr Johnson said the shift was "fully justified by the data". It marks the latest easing of the national lockdown announced in January, with several stages left before the country returns to some kind of normality. Here are the key dates for the rest of the plan. How the roadmap has worked so far From March 8 the government has begun to "cautiously" lift restrictions in England in a move it hopes will be "irreversible". There are four steps with dates attached - but each step will allegedly be guided by data rather than dates. So the dates in the roadmap are “not before” dates, and could be subject to change if data is pointing the wrong way. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each stage - four to see the impact of the changes and then seven days’ notice for businesses and citizens. Lifting restrictions across England will happen uniformly at the same time - there is no return to the Tier system from before Christmas. We’ve already had Step 1, which allowed schools to return from March 8. The first round of reopening also allowed people to meet up with a friend for coffee outside, wraparound childcare resumed, and care home visits were able to start up again with strict rules. On March 29 the government then allowed outdoor sports and gatherings of up to six people - or two households, whichever is greater - outdoors. The stay at home blanket rule was lifted, though indoor gatherings or overnight stays are still off the table. Read More Related Articles Pub and restaurant customers will have to check in under Government's new Covid-19 rules Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson confirms shops, pubs and barbers to re-open on April 12, with new rules for weddings April 12: Step Two On Easter Monday Boris Johnson announced stage two was to go ahead as planned on April 12. It means non-essential shops, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings such as libraries and museums, will all reopen. Most outdoor attractions and settings can also reopen including pubs and restaurants and cafes, zoos and theme parks. But only the outdoor areas such as beer gardens and terraces. It’ll be table service only but takeaway pints are also allowed. Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings. You won’t be able to have indoor mixing between households. So in hairdresser, a library or a museum for example, you can only go with members of your own household. Indoor leisure - gyms, spas and swimming pools - will also reopen but once again, only for people going on their own or with their own household. Saunas and steam rooms cannot open at this stage. Outdoor gatherings will be in line with the March 29 rules on social contact. So two households or Rule of 6 when meeting friends in a beer garden. The government is not going back to the need to order a substantial meal with alcohol - and no curfews either. The ‘Scotch egg’ rule is dead. Self contained accommodation - campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities not shared with other households - can also reopen. People stay in a self catering cottage but only with their own household. Foreign holidays will still be banned. Funerals can continue with up to 30 people as currently.
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May 10: Step Three news On this date, Boris Johnson should give England notice of whether Step Three of the roadmap can go ahead on time. May 17 at earliest: Step Three The government will be easing limits on social contact more. Outdoors, most social contact rules should be lifted almost entirely, but gatherings of over 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoor mixing will be allowed again - but be subject to restrictions. Indoors, gatherings will be limited to the rule of 6 or a larger group from up to 2 households, whichever is larger. This means people will be able to go on domestic breaks in England with up to five friends, or a larger number as long as there are only two households in total. It also means you're allowed overnight stays with friends and family elsewhere in the country for the first time. The government will also review social distancing rules by this point, which could allow people to hug close friends or relatives from outside their own household for the first time in 14 months. The inside of pubs and restaurants open at this point - but remain table service only. If meeting friends inside the pub, it’s the rule of 6 or two households, whichever is greater. But those restrictions are removed if you’re in the beer garden and only the limit on gatherings of 30 people remains. Also opening are entertainment such as cinemas and theatres, children’s play areas, remaining accommodation (hotels, hostels and B&Bs) and indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes. Performances and sporting events that aren’t part of the pilot scheme will be allowed for the first time. Indoor events can have 1,000 people or be half full (whichever is smaller). Outdoors, capacity of 4,000 people will be allowed, or half full, again whichever is smaller. In the largest outdoor seated venues such as the biggest football stadiums, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend - or a quarter full, whichever is lower. Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes as well as funerals, and other life events will finally be permitted again including Bar Mitzvahs and christenings. On holidays, May 17 is the earliest possible date you could be allowed to go abroad but it depends on the outcome of the review which reports by April 12. Saunas and steam rooms can reopen in this step.
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June 14: Step Four announcement Boris Johnson should announce on or by this date whether Step Four of the roadmap can go ahead on time. June 21 at the earliest: Step Four The government is hoping all of the legal limits on social contact can be removed - though some guidance on social distancing, or masks or hand-washing, may well remain. Officials also hope to reopen those final closed sectors of the economy, some of which didn’t open last summer - e.g. nightclubs, and small standing-only gigs. The government is also hoping to lift restrictions on large events and performances that applied in the previous step. And they hope to make a decision on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events. Also at this point, key reviews on social distancing rules and Covid ‘certification’ will report back. These could recommend, for example, that people carry on using masks on public transport and show their vaccine status (or take a rapid test) through their phone before going to pubs or events. The roadmap admits: "Some measures may be required even after all adults have been offered a vaccine, because neither coverage nor effectiveness of the vaccine will be 100%. "As a result, a significant proportion of the population will remain vulnerable to infection, some of whom will also be vulnerable to severe disease and death."
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