Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the ‘Road Map’ out of lockdown for England. Some light at the end of the tunnel! The plan contains 4 steps, with a minimum of 5 weeks between each.
Written on February 23, 2021 by Xeinadin Group
If all goes to plan, the following steps and associated timescales will apply:
|STEP||DATE FROM||DATE FROM|
|STEP 1||8th March|
|All schools and colleges to open. |
Practical higher education courses to resume – all other courses to remain online until at least Easter (subject to review).
Wraparound childcare to reopen.
Able to meet 1 person outside your household in a park to socialise, but no indoor mixing.
The clinically vulnerable are advised to continue shielding until at least 29th March.
Rule of 6 or 2 households able to socialise outdoors (including private gardens).
Outdoor sport and leisure facilities to reopen (including organised sport).
The guidance is to still minimise travel.
There are no holidays or overnight stays.
|STEP 2||12th April||Rule of 6 or 2 households able to socialise outdoors (including private gardens and beer gardens).|
Non-essential shops to reopen.
Personal care premises can reopen – hairdressers; nail and beauty salons.
Outdoor attractions – zoos; theme parks; drive-in cinemas to reopen.
Indoor gyms to reopen (but not group classes).
Indoor libraries and community centres to reopen.
Indoor children’s activities to reopen.
Restaurants and pubs to reopen – serving outdoors only, but no restrictions on curfew or the serving of food.
Holiday lets can reopen, overnight stays are allowed, but household only.
No international travel.
|STEP 3||17th May||Rule of 6 or 2 households able to socialise indoors.|
Up to 30 able to socialise outdoors.
Restaurants and pubs able to start serving indoors.
Hotels to reopen.
Large events to reopen but with capacity restrictions depending on whether they are indoor or outdoor.
Remaining outdoor entertainment venues to reopen.
Domestic overnight stays allowed.
International travel to commence, subject to independent review.
|STEP 4||21st June||No legal limits on social contact or at life events.|
Nightclubs to reopen.
Larger events to reopen.
At every stage the government has advised that people should continue to work from home where they can. Guidance around the wearing of face masks and social distancing is subject to separate review.
It is suspected that there will be a financial plan to accompany this phased return to normality. However, Boris Johnson did not give details at last night’s press conference.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is due to deliver the Budget on 3rd March and it is expected that some clarification will be given then.
Stockport Council has recently launched 2 new grant schemes for businesses who have not previously been eligible for the Government’s Covid-19 business grant support schemes:
- Businesses with 50 employees or more who can demonstrate the strategic impact their business has on the borough. The scheme is intended to provide financial grant support to help businesses survive and preserve jobs through the challenging conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by helping with their operational costs and overheads.
- For micro businesses without separate business premises please read the article about micro businesses on stockport.gov.uk.