The Government has announced detailed plans for the unlocking of England amid the coronavirus vaccination programme. Here is the proposed timetable, in four stages, and other initiatives announced by Downing Street.
After the first step each following step could be subject to delay as they will continually review the data and the scientific advice
All the changes will be England-wide with no return to regional tiers. The only exception could be localised efforts if a new variant of the virus is detected, for example additional testing.
Step 1, part 1 – on 8 March
All pupils and college students return fully, with before- and after-school clubs opened. For a period, secondary school pupils and older will wear masks in classes.
People can meet one other person outside for, say, a coffee or picnic, not just for exercise. Children will still count towards this.
Care home residents can receive one regular, named visitor.
The “stay at home” order will otherwise stay in place.
Step 1, part 2 – on 29 March
Outdoor gatherings allowed of up to six people, or two households if this is larger, not just in parks but also gardens.
Outdoor sport for children and adults will be allowed including outdoor swimming pools.
The official stay at home order will end, but people will be encouraged to stay local – the definition of local will largely be left to people’s discretion.
People will still be asked to work from home where possible, with no overseas travel allowed beyond the current small number of exceptions.
Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April
Reopening of non-essential retail, hair and nail salons, and public buildings such as libraries and museums.
Most outdoor venues open, including pubs and restaurants but only for outdoor tables and beer gardens. Customers will have to be seated but there will be no need to have a meal with alcohol.
Also reopening will be settings such as zoos and theme parks. However, social contact rules will apply here, so no indoor mixing between households and limits on outdoor mixing.
Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and pools also open but again people can only go alone or with their own household.
Reopening of holiday lets with no shared facilities, but only for one household.
Funerals can have up to 30 attendees, while weddings, receptions and wakes can have 15.
Step 3 – no earlier than 17 May
Most mixing rules lifted outdoors, with a limit of 30 people meeting in parks or gardens.
Indoor mixing will be allowed, up to six people or, if it is more people, two households.
Indoor venues such as the inside of pubs and restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, play centres, cinemas and group exercise classes will reopen. The new indoor and outdoor mixing limits will remain for pubs and other hospitality venues.
This will be the earliest date at which international holidays could resume, subject to a review
For sport, indoor venues can have up to 1,000 spectators or half capacity, whichever is lower; outdoors the limit will be 4,000 people or half capacity, whichever is lower. Very large outdoor seated venues, such as big football stadiums, where crowds can be spread out, will have a limit of 10,000 people, or a quarter full, whichever is fewer.
Weddings will be allowed a limit of 30 people, with other events such as christenings and barmitzvahs also permitted.
Step 4 – no earlier than 21 June
All legal limits removed on mixing will be removed and the last sectors to remain closed, such as nightclubs, will reopen. Large events can take place.
There are likely to be changes to wider social distancing measures but this will be decided in a separate review
We found this on Money Saving Expert and thought we’d share it for this Sunday morning. The bad dog jokes belong to MSE too 😊
“If you’ve been feeling a bit ruff, why not pup over to this paw-some live video stream of East Coast Assistance Dogs, where you can watch puppies playing, sleeping, eating and cuddling. It’s part of the Explore network, which is a site filled with live streams of animals, oceans and sanctuaries across the world for your mind to escape to. See more puppy love with its YouTube channel Explore Dogs… Go on, you mutt as well!”
The below dedication is from PCSO Sam in memory of her grandfather.
“Can I share my story behind the song, We’ll Meet Again by Dame Vera Lynn.
My grandfather was away in the Navy during the second world war. He was engaged to be married to my grandmother and they would write to each other regularly. His letters were checked before they were posted to ensure that nothing they’d written could be used by the enemy. They weren’t to include any details of shore leave or home leave in case their post was intercepted. My grandfather got around this by adding, “We’ll meet again” to his letters when he would be coming home.
Both of my grandparents passed away over 20 years ago, but I still can’t hear that song without remembering them both and how their love blossomed even though they were apart.
“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when” seems so apt at this time.
Take great care of each other.
Oh Sam this is beautiful, thank you for sharing this special story with us, keep safe and hopefully we can all meet again soon.
Click on the link below
ps. If it asks you to sign into Youtube, just click on ‘no thanks’ and then click on ‘I agree’, you may also have to watch the start of an advert first, you can skip ad once it shows bottom right – enjoy!
I started the lockdown by reading The Mirror and the Light, the last book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy telling the story of Thomas Cromwell, the self-made 16th century political fixer who, after overseeing Henry VIII’s marital affairs (always problematical) and the dissolution of the monasteries (seismic), gets decapitated.
Since I have known this, in outline, since schooldays, it should have been hard to maintain my interest over the 875 pages of Mantel’s final Cromwell novel, which I thought, early last year, might see me through to the end of the pandemic (pause for bitter ironic laughter).
But Mantel stays close to her protagonist, almost breathing along with him and immersed in his every thought, so when he walks to the scaffold the writer and her readers have to follow him right to the gory end. It’s an experience.
I can also recommend the best-selling Richard Osman detection novel The Thursday Murder Club. This contains a few deaths and some serious reflections on ageing but remains entirely enjoyable, which, these days, is as good as it gets.
I got the below messages from two local residents this morning, please be mindful of emails from TV licensing. Thank you for sharing this with us in order to us all keep safe, take care.
“today i received an email with a good-looking address and official looking from the tv licencing people saying i had failed to pay this month’s payment and a link to a payment site also addressed very convincing, due to the security measures on my computer i looked into this further, definitely fake , looked very good !! could be doing the rounds ???? “
“The scam tv licensing emails are SO convincing – I think I’ve had 2 different ones, over the months. The first was so convincing, I only realised it was fake when I checked my banking app and it showed the payment to TV licensing going through as usual. Also I’d fortunately not deleted the (months old) genuine email from Tv licensing which they send on the renewal anniversary, and by comparing it with the scam one, you could see where the differences were”
I have put a link below for more information on what to look for from the genuine TV licensing service to help avoid tv licensing scams – it is very usual:
Helping you avoid TV Licensing scams – and how to report one