Lockdown rules will undergo a change on Monday, March 29 as England begins lifting some of the strict rules we’ve all had to follow for the last three months. The change will mean people will be allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six, or as two households. The Stay at Home order is also ending to be replaced with a ‘stay local’ order. Outdoor sporting venues can reopen, along with organised outdoor sports and classes.
The move is the second step of the first phase of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Further restrictions will be lifted in stage two, which is currently aimed to start on April 12.
While phase three is due in mid-May, with the hope being a return to normal can be expected by the end of June.
But with Easter fast approaching, what does this mean for your bank holiday weekend.
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When will shops reopen?
According to the latest Government roadmap out of lockdown, shops will be able to reopen from April 12.
This means we’ll miss out on shopping trips during the Easter bank holiday weekend.
However, it won’t be much longer to wait for those keen to support their local shops.
And when these stores can throw open their doors once again, the Government has plans to place to help businesses recover.
Mr Jenrick says the move comes alongside a £56m “Welcome Back Fund” which was announced by the Government last week.
The move has been welcomed by retailers and industry experts alike.
Dominic Curran of the British Retail Consortium said the change would allow people to avoid the busier shopping periods.
He added: “Retailers have invested hundreds of millions in making their stores Covid-secure, implementing additional hygiene measures, perspex screens, social distancing and more.”
What else will reopen on April 12?
All shops will be allowed to reopen, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons
Restaurants and pubs will be able to open too, but only if they can serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors. Indoor venues must remain closed.
Gyms, spas, zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres can all reopen, as can self-catering accommodation holiday lets.