The Prime Minister announced earlier this week that Stage 2 of the government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 is on track and the planned lifting of some restrictions can go ahead.
Dean Wallace, who is leading Derbyshire’s response to the pandemic, is urging people to enjoy their new freedoms safely and reminding them that some restrictions still apply.
“It is great news that parts of Derbyshire’s economy can re-open and we can all enjoy a return to some of the things we’ve missed over these past few months.
“I know everyone, myself included, will be keen to support our local economy now that things are reopening but we must continue to be cautious and ensure we do it safely.
“Outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people or two households with social distancing and indoor settings should only be visited alone or with members of your household.
“You must not socialise indoors with anyone outside your household or support bubble and of course you should continue to stay apart, wash your hands regularly and wear a mask where required, unless exempt,”
From Monday, outdoor hospitality, non-essential shops, close contact services such as barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas can re-open.
Other changes to restrictions include:
- Overnight stays are allowed in self-contained accommodation in England but only by members of the same household or support bubble
- Outdoor settings and attractions can reopen including zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performance events
- Hospitality venues can serve outdoors 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 journeys
- Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions and wakes can take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).
Read full details of what is allowed from 12 April 2021.