Originally written by Anna Jordan on Small Business
The Prime Minister has announced that gyms, shops, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality could open from April 12 if strict conditions are met, as outlined in his Covid-19 roadmap.
In an announcement made to MPs earlier today (February 22), the PM details each part of the roadmap. The new four-step plan gives a guide to how we will come out of Covid-19 restrictions and Johnson has stressed that any lifting of restrictions will be based on data, not dates.
Conditions would need to be met at each stage of the plan to put the measures in place:
- The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment
- Infection rates do not pose a risk of a surge in hospital admissions
- New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions
Let’s take a closer look at the plan.
The second step is where we would start to see changes for businesses.
From April 12, we could start to see the opening of certain types of businesses. These businesses include:
- Non-essential retail opens, hairdressers and public buildings like libraries and museums
- Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks
- Indoor leisure, such as swimming pools and gyms
- Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering and camp sites
Funerals would continue with up to 30 guests and weddings up to 15 guests.
Hospitality curfews would also be lifted at this stage, with no need for a substantial meal to accompany alcohol.
An announcement will be made about international travel restrictions by this date at the earliest.
The third step would come into place from May 17 if conditions are met.
The rule of six would be abolished and replaced with a limit of 30 people.
At this stage, cinemas, hotels, performances and events would be allowed to reopen, though social distancing measures would remain in place.
Up to 10,000 spectators would be able to attend the very largest outdoor seated venues, such as football stadiums.
Up to 30 people would be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.
Step four would see the easing lockdown and all legal limits on social contact could be lifted from June 21.
The final sectors left closed would reopen from this date – such as nightclubs.
The government hopes that limits on weddings and funerals will start to be lifted from this date.
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