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Further easing of COVID restrictions confirmed for 12 April

5:11 pm, Friday, 9th April 2021 - 1 month ago

COVID-19

More restrictions will be lifted from Monday 12 April after the Government confirmed that the roadmap is on track.

Significant parts of the indoor economy and further outdoor settings will reopen from 12 April, after data confirmed the government’s “four tests” for easing Covid restrictions had been met.

Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

From Monday 12 April additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households.

This includes non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3).

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

Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will also reopen.

The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events.

Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew. The requirement to eat and drink while seated will remain.

People should continue to work from home where they can, and minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays are still illegal.

Some venues and businesses will be required to take customer, employee and visitor contact details and display QR codes that people will need to scan using a smart device to then enter. This includes some hospitality services; tourism & leisure services; close contact services; community centres & village halls.

Customers who decline to share their contact details may be refused entry to some venues.

North East Lincolnshire has a positive test rate of 59.5 per 100,000 population.

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