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Government announces roadmap to emerge from lockdown in England

post-image 23rd February 2021

On 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a 4-step roadmap out of the current lockdown in England. These dates and measures are subject to postponement, depending on available data, and are contingent to change. For further information on all measures listed below please see here.

South Bank BID will continue to work closely with local stakeholders including the GLA and both of our borough councils, to ensure we are responsively addressing the situation in South Bank. We will continue to advocate for further business support to support recovery across our neighbourhood, and ensure there are sufficient security and social distancing measures in place, as more people begin to return to South Bank.

This will be a time of considerable change, and we will ensure all our businesses are kept fully informed as you plan to reopen for customers or return to your place of work in the coming months.

From 8 March (Step 1)

Schools and colleges are open for all students.

Recreation or exercise outdoors with household or one other person.

From 28 March 

Rule of 6 or two households outdoors.

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities permitted to open.

Organised outdoor sport allowed (both children and adults)

As a result of these changes, people will no longer be legally required to Stay at Home. Many of the lockdown restrictions, however, will remain in place.

From 12 April (Step 2)

Indoor leisure permitted open for use individually or within household groups.

Outdoor attractions such as theme parks, zoos, and drive-in cinemas permitted to reopen.

All retail permitted to reopen.

Outdoor hospitality permitted to reopen, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.

Personal care premises, including hairdressers, salons and close contact services, permitted to reopen.

Self contained accommodation – household only.

From 17th May (Step 3 – at least 5 weeks after Step 2) 

Indoor entertainment, such as museums and cinemas, and attractions permitted to open.

Indoor hospitality may open, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.

30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households indoors.

Domestic overnight stays permitted.

Organised indoor adult sport may open.

Remaining outdoor entertainment may open, including performances.

Remaining accommodation permitted to open.

Some large events – capacity limits apply:
Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%
Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%
Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%

From June 21st (Step 4 – at least 5 weeks after Step 3) 

No legal limits on social contact.

Nightclubs permitted to reopen.

Larger events, including theatre performances, enabled.

Alongside this roadmap, the Government is establishing four programmes of work to consider different aspects of how the UK should handle COVID-19 from summer onwards. This includes COVID Status certification, larger events pilots, safe international travel, and social distancing. For further information on all of these measures, please see here.

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