Monday, April 12 will see a raft of rule changes as England continues to emerge from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen as part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap to reopening the whole country for the first time since January.
The likes of gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons will all be able to open their doors once again, while restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors.
Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation, while people will also be allowed to travel to and from Wales as the border will be open and travel allowed between the two.
Care home visitors will also increase to two per resident.
Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this month that the planned easing of lockdown restrictions would go ahead, meaning people can head to the non-essential shops for the first time since January.
“The net result of your efforts and of course the vaccine rollout is that I can today confirm that from Monday April 12, we will move to step two of our road map,” announced the Prime Minister in his address to the nation.
“Reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and of course beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.”
Being able to visit pubs again has certainly whetted many people’s appetite for a drink, with even the Prime Minister saying he will enjoy a pint once able to.
Earlier this week, Wetherspoon advertised its new queuing rules as it prepares to reopen on Monday, with places offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Shoppers and drinkers set to flock to the city centre in their thousands on Monday have been urged to take it easy by Plymouth’s public health chief.
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Shoppers are also being warned that anti-Covid restrictions will still be in place and that queuing will be likely, with some stores in Drake Circus mall operating a traffic light system.
Unfortunately, not everywhere is being allowed to reopen though. Plymouth Karting – Devon and Cornwall’s only indoor karting and laser tag centre – has been reclassified by government, meaning the venue cannot open as planned from Tuesday.
Which non-essential businesses can reopen?
All these non-essential retailers can reopen from Monday:
- clothing stores and tailors
- charity and antique shops
- homeware and carpet stores
- showrooms (such as for vehicles as well as kitchens and bathrooms)
- electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- florists and plant nurseries
- retail travel agents
- photography stores
- remaining auction houses and markets
- tobacco and vape stores
- betting shops (subject to additional Covid-Secure measures, such as limiting the use of gaming machines).
- car washes (except for automatic car washes that are already open)
Personal care facilities and close contact services can also reopen, such as:
- hair, beauty and nail salons
- body and skin piercing services
- tattoo studios
- spas and massage centres (except for steam rooms and saunas)
- holistic therapy (including acupuncture, homeopathy, and reflexology)
- tanning salons
Indoor sports and leisure facilities can also reopen, such as:
- gyms and leisure centres
- sports courts
- swimming pools
- dance studios and fitness centres
- driving and shooting ranges
- riding arenas
- archery venues
- climbing wall centres
What can’t reopen?
The businesses scheduled to reopen on May 17 are:
- Pubs (indoor serving)
- Restaurants (indoor serving)
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs
- Concert halls
- Museums and galleries
- Adventure playgrounds and activities
- Amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Skating rinks
- Games, recreation and entertainment venues such as escape rooms and laser quest
- Play areas (including soft play centres and inflatable parks)
- Model villages
- Snooker and pool halls
- Trampolining parks
- Water and aqua parks
- Indoor visitor attractions at theme parks and film studios
- Indoor attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other animal attractions
- Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, greenhouses and biomes
- Indoor attractions at sculpture parks
- Indoor attractions at landmarks including observation wheels or viewing platforms
- Indoor attractions at stately or historic homes, castles, or other heritage sites
- Conference centres and exhibition halls, including for the purposes of business events (subject to the capacity limits)
The businesses that are then scheduled to reopen on June 21 are:
- Adult entertainment venues