LiveLockdown roadmap: Live updates as Lancashire take the next step and rules ease further
Lancashire along with the rest of the country will move to 'step three' of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown today.
Indoor entertainment, hospitality venues and all remaining accommodation including hotels, hostels and B&B can reopen from Monday, May 17.
Hugs and indoor gatherings will also be allowed, along with changes to travel and life events.
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Step 3: All the latest as restrictions are relaxed further across Lancashire
Last updated: Monday, 17 May, 2021, 13:34
- The UK takes the next step out of lockdown as restrictions are eased further
- What you can do from today
- How Lancashire businesses have prepared for today
- More than 40 pubs and bars set to reopen indoors from today
Alex Hull general manager at Fino Tapas is excited to welcome back customers
Traders raring to go in Fylde as restrictions ease further
Fylde businesses and other venues which have been closed for months are eagerly looking forward to the biggest lifting of coronavirus restrictions yet.
Cafes, restaurants, hotels and pubs among those allowed to welcome back customers indoors today for the first time this year.
Jamie Croasdale, who runs the Black Sheep Tea Rooms in Lytham and St Annes with wife Melanie, said: “We are really looking forward to letting our customers through our doors again.
“With the weather being so uncertain, it will make a big difference and we hope to see a busy few weeks ahead.” - read more
Owners Phil Butterworth and Andy Grey at Red Rose Bowl
Staff Alys Mills, Mia Goodwin and Michelle falconer are ready welcome customer at the Tulketh Tap Room in Preston
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Lancashire Police say extra patrols will monitor the reopening of pubs and bars as lockdown rules are relaxed today
Lancashire Police says extra patrols will be put in place to monitor the reopening of pubs and bars as lockdown rules are relaxed further today (Monday, May 17).
The force is urging people to continue to follow the rules and guidance as Lancashire’s pubs, bars, cafes and other businesses prepare to welcome customers inside for the first time this year.
From today (Monday, May 17), we can socialise indoors in groups of up to six or two households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can also meet outside whilst pubs, restaurants, cafes and other venues can welcome customers back indoors.
Ch Supt Russ Procter, of Lancashire Police, said officers will take a “common sense and proportionate approach” to policing as lockdown measures continue to be eased.
He said: “While we are moving back towards some normality and today’s easing of certain lockdown measures is a further step in the right direction it is important to remember that the virus is still with us and we don’t want confidence to lead to complacency.
“The vast majority of residents in Lancashire have shown tremendous patience and support in following the rules since the start of the pandemic and we would absolutely encourage them to continue to do so.
“We’re looking forward to seeing people out enjoying themselves but please remember to do so safely.
“Our overall policing style won’t change – we will still be very visible and take a common sense and proportionate approach to policing the regulations in force at any point in time.
“We’re of course mindful about a return to people being allowed indoors in pubs and restaurants. Please follow the rules, pace yourself and drink safely. Stick with your mates and plan your journey home.
“We’ll police with pride and professionalism and we will be engaging, friendly and fair – we won’t however tolerate significant anti-social behaviour, violence or criminality.”
Local authority licensing teams will be monitoring licensed premises to ensure they are following guidance, meeting licensing conditions and keeping their customers safe.
Lancashire Police said its officers will support local councils to ensure these rules are followed and will visit pubs and bars during their patrols.
Ch Supt Procter added: “The last year has been really been tough for us all but there is cause to be hopeful. If you are heading for the pub, have a good time but please be responsible.
“We’ll be visible, with extra officers on patrol and will have a focus on pubs, bars and the night-time economy.
“We still expect it will be really busy for us across Lancashire. Many of our officers haven’t had much of a break since the pandemic started – please let’s do our best to help us stay on the road towards normality over the next few weeks by being responsible and having respect for yourself, others and the law.
“On the whole, the people of Lancashire have shown tremendous support and respect for the regulations – let’s make sure this continues.
Live updates as Lancashire take the next step and rules ease further - Follow our live blog as lockdown rules are relaxed in Lancashire from today (Monday, May 17).
Flights are back on at Manchester Airport
Flights to holiday destinations resume from Manchester Airport
Sixty flights were operating in and out of Manchester Airport today as restrictions on international travel were eased.
The first flight of the day set off for the Portuguese island of Madeira at 6am.
Even though there are 12 destinations on the Government's "green" list, Manchester Airport only flies to a handful of these.
Today there were expected to be 30 flights departing - four to Portugal - and 30 arriving.
The airport has pulled together guidance from all of its partners, including airlines, retailers, baggage handlers and Border Force to create one handy guide.
Customers are also advised to follow the airport’s social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for latest updates - Read more
Planning a visit to the pub later today?
It's been a long wait, but the waiting is finally over.
No more checking weather forecasts, as from Monday May 17, all these Preston pubs and bars will welcome customers indoors once again.