On Monday (June 1) there will be a number of changes to lockdown rules in England.
The prime minister yesterday announced a relaxation of some measures after confirming that the country is currently meeting all five steps required to move to the next stage.
A number of lockdown rules in England will be lifted from Monday (June 1) the Prime Minister has announced.
Speaking at the daily downing street press conference on Thursday, Johnson revealed the most drastic since the country went into lockdown on March 23.
As of Monday, schools will reopen, some non-essential retailers can trade, and up to six people can meet in gardens or private spaces – including friends and family from different households.
This means that those who haven’t seen either parents, or grandparents, can now see them both at the same time providing you follow social distancing guidelines.
Who can I meet up with?
As mentioned above, from Monday in England, you will be able to meet up to six people from different households outside – either in parks or now also in private gardens – as long as you remain 2m (6ft) apart.
There is no longer any limit to the amount of time you can spend outside doing exercise, or in “open-air recreation” like sunbathing.
Households can also drive any distance in England to destinations such as parks and beaches. But they should not travel to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, where the rules are different.
When will shops reopen?
Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen from 1 June, provided they follow strict ‘Covid-secure’ guidelines.
The government has also announced that all non-essential retailers, such as department stores and small independent shops, can reopen in England from 15 June.
This will again be subject to individual stores putting in place strict social distancing measures that will be reviewed by authorities.
However, the government has stated that the above dates can change at any time if coronavirus infection rates increase in the country.
Are schools reopening?
Pupils in nurseries, early years, Reception and Years 1 and 6 at primary school level, in England, will be able asked to return to schools from 1 June.
There will be a huge change to school life, however, with shrunken class sizes, scattered breaks throughout the day and frequent hand washing.
Then, from from 15 June, it is expected that secondary schools will be begin to provide face-to-face contact with Year 10 and 12 pupils who have key exams next year.
What about everywhere else?
On July 4, provided that the country has stuck to social distancing guidelines, infections have decreased, the ‘R’ has gone down and the government is satisfied that we are continuing to meet the five tests, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas can begin to open their doors again.
All of these premises will need to undergo huge changes to ensure they are ‘Covid-secure’ and can pass as a safe place for people to follow social distancing guidelines.
It is likely that masks will need to be worn at all of the above places, too.