Further Covid Easing

A number of relaxations to covid restrictions come into force for Monday 26 April. This represents the most significant changes since December but please remember many restrictions remain, including the need to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks. Visiting someone in their own home remains banned at this time except for support visits.

Local councillor Steve Delaney said, “It’s good to see things starting to return to normal after such a horrible year. The re-opening of shops and other services is very welcome as is the ability to travel within the UK”.

“My advice remains as it has been throughout, within the scope of what is now permitted do what you and your family are comfortable doing and feel safe in doing. That will be different for everyone and that’s OK”.

From 26 April we move from Tier 4 to Tier 3 restrictions. The main changes are as follows:-

  • Non-essential shops and hospitality can begin to open 
  • Non-emergency indoor works such as painting, decorating and repair work can now be undertaken
  • Informal childcare can be resumed
  • Mobile hairdressers and other close contact services can re-open.
  • Numbers attending weddings or funerals has been increased to 50
  • Caf├ęs, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm
  • Travel is permitted throughout the UK  

Further information can be found here. If in doubt you can download a helpful guide here or call the coronavirus helpline on 0808 196 3384.