Roadmap out of lockdown in England
The Prime Minister’s Announcement yesterday shared a roadmap out of lockdown in England. Broken into 4 steps, the focus is leaving lockdown cautiously, and for the last time. Each step is separated by a minimum of 5 weeks, and will be influenced by four key measures: the Prime Minister emphasised data, not dates.
For many, the news of the lockdown lifting will be good news, although the length of time before many industries can reopen may be longer than expected. There was no announcement regarding further business support packages, as these will be announced with the Chancellor’s Budget on Wednesday 3 March.
Norwich BID will continue to represent business needs, asking for targeted support for impacted industries and sectors, and communicating with key industry bodies to ensure the needs are met. Our Sectory Recovery Planning meetings will continue, and if you are interested in being part of the discussions preparing for Norwich’s recovery, please email Sonia.Bright@norwichbid.co.uk
All of the key dates for businesses are subject to change, depending on four tests. The decision will be based on vaccine deployment, that the vaccines are sufficiently effective, that infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations, and dependent whether the risks for new Variants of Concern alter.
There will also be reviews on the possibilities of Covid status certificates, events pilots, social distancing measures, and transport for inbound and outbound.
Key Dates for Business
From 8th March:
Schools and colleges open. Recreation or exercise outdoors with household or one other person. Care home residents allowed one regular visitor. Otherwise, the ‘stay at home’ order remains in place.
From 29th March:
Rule of 6 or 2 households outdoors in parks or gardens. Outdoor sport and leisure facilities open. Organised outdoors sport allowed. Work from home if possible. Official ‘stay at home order’ will end.
Not before 12th April:
Indoor leisure open for individual or household groups. Libraries, Community Centres, Personal Care, all Retail, Outdoor Attractions can open. Outdoor hospitality may open for outdoor service only. Self contained accommodation (household, domestic travel only) permitted. Event pilots begin. Funerals (30 max) and wedding receptions (15 max) can take place. Indoor children activities can take place (15 parents max).
Not before 17th May:
Indoor entertainment and attractions and sport to reopen. 30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or 2 households indoors. Outdoor performances and remaining accommodation to open. Large scale events to resume, with capacity limits. 30 allowed for weddings, and other life events (funerals, christenings, etc).
Not before 21st June:
No legal limits on social contact. Nightclubs and larger events to open. Changes to wider social distancing measures may occur.