Covid-19 Roadmap – Plan for the reopening of outlets, gyms and zoos from April 12th

Originally written by Anna Jordan about Small Business

The Prime Minister has announced that gyms, shops, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality in England could open from April 12 if strict conditions are met, as outlined in his Covid-19 roadmap.

In an announcement to MPs today (February 22nd), the Prime Minister detailed each part of the roadmap. He will be holding a press conference on television at 7 p.m.

The four-step plan provides guidance on how we will get out of Covid-19 restrictions, and Johnson has stressed that any lifting of the restrictions is based on data, not data.

In each phase of the plan, the prerequisites would have to be met in order to implement the measures:

  • The coronavirus vaccination program is still going according to plan
  • There is evidence that vaccines sufficiently reduce the number of people who die from the virus or have to be hospitalized
  • The infection rates do not pose a risk of an increase 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.

Step two

In the second step, we would see changes for companies.

From 12. Aprilwe could start opening certain types of businesses:

  • Non-essential retail and personal care businesses like hairdressers
  • Outdoor areas such as take-away alcohol, beer gardens, zoos, theme parks and drive-in theaters
  • Indoor leisure such as swimming pools and gyms
  • Independent vacation rentals such as self-catering and campsites

Weddings would still have up to 15 guests.

At this stage, curfews on the hospitality industry would also be lifted without the need for a substantial meal with alcohol.

International travel restrictions will be announced at this point at the earliest.

Step three

The third step would come from there 17th of May if the conditions are met.

The rule of six would be abolished and replaced by a limit of 30 people outside.

  • At this point, cinemas and larger performances and events could reopen, although social distancing and capacity restrictions would exist. Up to 10,000 spectators could visit the largest outdoor seats, for example in a football stadium
  • Indoor hospitality could open up
  • Remaining outdoor theaters and cinemas could be opened
  • This is where hotels, hostels and B & Bs could be opened
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, funerals and guards

Step four

In step four, the relaxation would be relaxed and all legal restrictions on social contact could be lifted June 21st.

  • The last sectors that remain closed will reopen from that date – night clubs, for example
  • The government hopes the limits on weddings and funerals will be lifted from this date

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