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Let's face it, we're all looking forward to the easing of the Covid restrictions. As the country gears up for a return to the 'new normal' we thought we'd share some of the key dates that the restrictions will be lifted so you can start preparing to reopen and crack on with marketing your business and services.
What's already changed?
• Schools and colleges have reopened, and university students can return for practical courses
• Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include "a coffee on a bench"
• Care home residents can have one nominated visitor, with testing and social distance precautions
What's going to happen on 29 March?
• People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
• The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
• Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
• Weddings can take place, attended by up to six people
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
• All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people's homes)
• Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
• Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
• Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
• Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
• People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
• Six people or two households can meet indoors
• Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
• Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
• Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
• Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
• Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
• Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
• International leisure travel may resume
• Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
• All legal limits on social contact will be removed
• No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
• Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.
Don't forget, make sure your business has everything in place marketing wise to take advantage of the key dates.