What we're allowed to do from Monday

Lockdown restrictions on the Fylde coast – and the rest of England – are set to be relaxed even further on Monday so shops, hairdressers, and pub beer gardens can reopen.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:31 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:34 pm
A John Lewis works cleans the Charlotte Tilbury counter at a Peter Jones store as they prepare for reopening on Monday. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/Press Association

What is changing from Monday?

Nonessential shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen across England

Care home residents will also be allowed a second regular indoor visitor with infants and children not counted as one of the two – meaning care home residents in England will be allowed to see small bubbles of loved ones for the first time in months.

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Most outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen, although wider social distancing rules will still apply to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will also be opened, but for use by people on their own or in household groups.

Are any other restrictions easing?

Parent and child groups of up to 15 people, not counting children aged under five years old, can restart indoors.

Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can also reopen, but these must only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.

Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and the numbers able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise from six to 15.

Will some restrictions remain in place?

People are still not allowed to socialise indoors outside their households or support bubbles.

Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to six people or two households and people should continue to work from home where they can, and minimise domestic travel where they can.

International holidays are still illegal.

What next?

Most social contact rules will be lifted from no earlier than May 17, according to the road map, although gatherings of more than 30 will remain illegal.

Indoors, the rule of six or two households will apply. Indoor venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, and indoor adult sport groups and exercise classes will open, with limited crowds at gigs and events.

All remaining restrictions could be lifted from June 21, allowing for larger events to go ahead and nightclubs to reopen.

When can we go on holiday?

The earliest foreign holidays could be allowed is May 17, though fresh surges in Europe threatens that.

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