Covid-19 Roadmap – Plan for the reopening of shops, gyms and zoos from April 12th
UPDATED: The Prime Minister has announced that gyms, shops, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality in England could open from April 12 if strict conditions are met, as outlined in his Covid-19 roadmap.
The four-step plan provides guidance on how we will get out of the Covid-19 restrictions, and Johnson has stressed that any lifting of the restrictions will be data-based, not data-based.
In each phase of the plan, the conditions would have to be met in order to implement the measures:
- The coronavirus vaccination program is still going according to plan
- There is evidence that vaccines sufficiently reduce the number of people who die from the virus or have to be hospitalized
- The infection rates do not pose a risk of an increase in hospital admissions
- New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions
Let’s take a closer look at the plan.
The second step is where we would start to see change for businesses.
From 12. Aprilwe could start opening certain types of businesses:
- Non-essential retail and personal care businesses like hairdressers
- Outdoor areas such as takeaway liquor, beer gardens, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in theaters
- Indoor leisure such as swimming pools and gyms
- Independent vacation rentals such as self-catering and campsites
Weddings would still have up to 15 guests.
At this stage, curfews on the hospitality industry would also be lifted without the need for a substantial meal with alcohol.
International travel restrictions will be announced at this point at the earliest.
The third step would come from there 17th of May if the conditions are met.
The rule of six would be abolished and replaced by a limit of 30 people outside.
- At this point, cinemas and larger performances and events could reopen, although social distancing and capacity restrictions would exist. Up to 10,000 spectators could visit the largest outdoor seats, for example in a football stadium
- Indoor hospitality could open up
- Remaining outdoor theaters and cinemas could be opened
- At that time, hotels, hostels and B & Bs could open
- Up to 30 people are allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, and guards
In step four, the relaxation would be relaxed and all legal restrictions on social contact could be lifted June 21st.
- The last sectors that remain closed will reopen from that date – nightclubs, for example
- The government hopes the limits on weddings and funerals will be lifted from this date
Tony Danker, director general of the CBI, who speaks for 190,000 companies, told the Times that the road map the Prime Minister set out yesterday was “a good starting point for the tough courts ahead,” but added, “We have to make our way turn this roadmap into real economic dynamism. The budget is the second half of this announcement: expanding business support alongside restrictions will bridge businesses to the other side. “
The UK retail consortium told the newspaper that some of the hardest hit stores may never reopen. She called on the Chancellor to “announce targeted relief for business rates from April and April [to] Extension of the moratorium on debt enforcement and removal of state aid ceilings for corporate grants from Covid ”.
Kate Nicholls, executive director of the UK hospitality trade organization, said the sector would have been closed for nearly 200 days had it not been for two weeks of severely restricted trading. “A large package of financial support is essential if hospitality is to survive,” she said. “The Chancellor has only nine days to save thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
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