As Coronavirus restrictions look set to be gradually lifted across the UK, there is more hope for an eventual return to normality. However, things are not back to normal yet and the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned only this week about the dangers and likely consequences of lifting the lockdown measures too quickly.
It is important to keep in mind that the virus has not gone away so the ‘hands, face, space’ guidelines should still be followed and having good stocks of essential, quality approved PPE such as Medichief face masks and face shields, sanitising kits and SoftCleanse hand sanitiser will stand you in good stead as you prepare for opening up your premises once again.
At present, key dates on the Government’s road map over the next few weeks (subject to predetermined conditions being met) are as follows:
This week – Monday, March 5th
Care homes can now allow each of their residents to have one regular visitor, provided they are tested, have a negative result, and wear appropriate PPE.
Having been closed since 5th January following the introduction of a third national lockdown in England, schools, colleges, and university students can return from this week. Face coverings must be worn in secondary school classrooms as a temporary measure at least until Easter. Pre-school and after-school clubs can also resume.
One-to-one socialising outdoors is also allowed from now.
Monday, March 29th
Outdoor sports facilities including tennis and basketball courts can reopen and both children and adults can take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The Rule of six will allow people from six separate households or two larger households, to meet up outdoors in parks and private gardens to socialise.
‘Stay at home’ comes to an end and will allow people to go out more, providing they “stay local”. People should still work from home wherever possible.
Monday, April 12th
Non-essential retail shops and personal care facilities such as hair salons and nail bars can re-open.
Libraries, museums, indoor leisure facilities, gyms and pools will also be allowed to open, along with pub gardens with adults allowed to socialise there under the Rule of Six.
Holidays can be taken in the UK from this date, with your own household as long as it is to self-contained accommodation such as holiday lets and camp sites. The accommodation must be arranged so indoor services are not shared with other households.
There are further key dates for the easing of restrictions in both May and June, but these are dependant on the successful introduction of the measures above. In the meantime, let’s enjoy a new’ normal’ and keep ourselves and others save by following the guidelines and using PPE whenever and wherever appropriate.
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