All the lockdown rule changes which will come into force in days

Boris Johnson has announced that the county can move to Step Two of the lockdown roadmap.

The Prime Minister gave the green light after the four tests needed to advance to the next stage were met.

Mr Johnson said significant progress has been made with the coronavirus vaccine rollout – more than 31 million people in the UK have had their first jab.

There’s also a continuing downward trend with Covid hospitalisation and deaths.

Step Two will commence on Monday, April 12 after the Government previously promised to leave a five-week gap between stages in the PM’s ‘cautious’ approach to lifting measures.

Here’s what you can and can’t do along with which businesses can reopen:

Step Two rules in England

According to the Government’s lockdown roadmap, a number of big changes will commence from April 12.

Indoor leisure, including gyms, will be able to reopen for use individually, or within household groups.

This allows spas to reopen too, but saunas and steam rooms won’t be able to open until Step Three.

All remaining retail can open their doors, which includes non-essential stores, as well as libraries and community centres.

Non-essential retail will be able to resume
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Outdoor hospitality can resume, such as beer gardens, and people can meet there under the ‘rule of six’. There will be a requirement of table service only, however the former substantial meal and curfew rules have been scrapped.

Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas can welcome back visitors also.

All newly open settings must abide by social contact rules, the Government said, and action will be taken if businesses do not follow the guidelines.

Domestic overnight stays will also be permitted from this date in this country, as households only, meaning that self-contained accommodation can open back up.

The public is advised to keep travel to a minimum however, and international travel is still banned.

Event pilots will commence, with the Government planning trials at a series of events over the coming weeks including the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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The rules on wakes, weddings and receptions will also change, with 15 guests permitted from next week – an increase from six. 30 guests are permitted at funerals.

Social contact rules in England won’t be changing further at this point, with the same measures in place as part two of Step One.

This means no indoor mixing is permitted, with outdoor gatherings limited to groups of six people or two households.

The guidance also states that people should continue to work from home where they can.

The number of care home visitors allowed will also increase to two per resident.

Meanwhile, all children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.

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