Roadmap out of Lockdown
Next stage on roadmap to end of lockdown
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time.
12 April: What’s changed
Outdoor hospitality has reopened from Monday 12 April.
Business and activities
Step 2, from Monday 12 April, see's the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including 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.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
Reopening Guidance for Businesses:
BEIS has released updated guidance on ventilation and testing for businesses, information on the re-opening of outdoor hospitality, non-essential retail, personal care and guidance for operating fitting rooms in shops. The Test and Trace collection of customer contact details by hospitality and personal care venues (and betting shops) is also explained, including the new requirement that every individual guest needs to register at a venue.
UK Hospitality regularly updates their its list of FAQs outlining the current guidance to businesses