Apr 142021

Earlier this week the government agreed that the next phase of easing the COVID-19 restrictions will go ahead as per their roadmap. That means from Monday 12 April, we will be able to do a little bit more.

  • Non-essential retail can open, including personal care premises such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons.
  • Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor table-service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew, but you’ll still need to remain seated.
  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.
  • Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can also reopen so long as they are used by members of the same household or support bubble.
  • Public buildings, such as libraries and community centres can reopen.
  • Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen and some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place.
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits.
  • All children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance.
  • Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.
  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions, and commemorative events will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).
  • People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise domestic travel. International holidays are still illegal.

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon said:
“With restrictions lifting, it is important that we continue to do all we can to control the coronavirus and keep the case levels low in Devon.
“So please be sensible and remember to continue with the hands, face, space and fresh air.
“Remember that social distancing rules still apply, as does the wearing of face coverings indoors in public places.
“And while up to six people or two households of any size can meet, they can still only do so outside for now, so you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in a support bubble with you.”