Can I have a picnic? Every rule change in Leeds on Monday as Government eases Covid restrictions
The first step of Boris Johnson's road map out of lockdown will take effect tomorrow (Monday March 8).
Stage one of four will see some coronavirus restrictions eased as the Government cautiously begins to reopen the economy.
The first rule changes are largely around outdoor recreation and schools.
But what exactly can you do in Leeds from tomorrow? Here's everything you need to know:
The four step route to freedom
The Prime Minister announced the four-stage plan in the easing of lockdown restrictions to MPs in the House of Commons last month.
Mr Johnson made a key number of announcements, including the dates the Government plans non-essential shops, beauty services and hospitality will be able to reopen.
He told the Commons “we are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British people and the extraordinary success of our NHS in vaccinating more than 17.5 million people across the UK.”
“We’re setting out on what I hope and believe is a one way road to freedom and this journey is made possible by the pace of the vaccination programme,” the Prime Minister added.
All dates for each stage of the easing of lockdown restrictions are dependent on four tests being met, which are:
- The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
- New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions
What rules are changing on Monday March 8?
From tomorrow, all pupils must return to face-to-face teaching in schools.
Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities can resume where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group
You can enjoy outdoor recreation with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay two metres apart) - such as having a coffee or a picnic outdoors.
This is in addition to meeting one other person outside your household for a walk, which is already permitted.
Care home residents will be allowed to have “one regular indoor visitor”, but they must wear full PPE and respect social distancing.
Finally, Some university students on practical courses will be able to return to face to face learning.
The other key dates:
From March 29:
- Six people from two households will be allowed to meet up in a private garden
- Outdoor sports facilities will reopen, including outdoor swimming pools and golf courses
- People are “no longer legally required to stay at home.”
Step two - from April 12:
- Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail salons and personal care services will reopen at this point
- Hospitality venues including pubs and restaurants will reopen for outdoor purposes only. A group of up to six people or two different households can meet outdoors
- Gyms, libraries, zoos, museums and theme parks - only with members of your own household
- Hotels, hostels, Air BnBs and self-catering holiday accommodation will reopen, but only for household groups
- Up to 30 people can attend funerals and the maximum number of people at a wake will increase from six to 15
Step three - from May 17:
- Up to 30 people can meet up outdoors, including in pub and restaurant gardens
- Indoor social mixing is allowed, but only for up to six people or two households together
- Indoor exercise classes can resume
- Pubs and restaurants can reopen indoors, but the rule of six/two household rule will still apply for meeting inside
- Large-scale sporting events or performances will be allowed with up to 1,000 people indoors and up to 4,000 outdoors
- Bigger football stadiums will be allowed up to 10,000 fans - or a quarter of capacity – whichever is lower
- 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes and christenings.
Step four - from June 21:
- All legal limits on social contact and to be removed
- Nightclubs to reopen and large events such as theatre performances above the limits of step three to resume
- The Government hopes that from this date restrictions on weddings and funerals will also be abolished