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Breaking News ! Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave us all the first indications that maybe - just maybe - things are starting to go back to normal after he unveiled the Government’s road map to coronavirus restriction freedom. In a televised press conference, Boris Johnson said that subject to reviews and four criteria being met, by June 21 things might be almost back to normal with the final movements of restrictions that dictate where we go, what we can do and who we can see. In the meantime, subject to the criteria, he set out a number of steps that will see a gradual lifting of some of the restrictions. The evidence must show that vaccination program uptake rates remain high, the vaccinations help reduce hospitalisations and deaths, there are no surges in cases that might overwhelm hospitals and that new variants of the disease don’t risk the potential of escaping vaccines and causing a large spike in cases. Each step will happen no earlier than a certain date, although if the monthly reviews indicate that a particular step has led to one of the criteria not being met, it could be delayed. So what does this mean for Cornwall? When can holidays in Cornwall start in 2021? Visits to self-contained accommodation is set to restart on April 12. (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live) The lifting of restrictions that allow holidays in Cornwall to restart is set to happen no earlier than April 12, in step two. That’s because self-contained accommodation such as holiday lets can reopen, but only for household use, meaning that groups of people that don’t live together cannot go on holiday together. In addition, the “stay home” legal requirement is being replaced on March 29 by a “minimise travel” guidance. Second homes are permitted to be used from this date as “domestic overnight stays” are permitted for households only, which would include second homes. However, hotels will not be able to reopen and many facilities on holiday parks such as entertainment and hospitality would also be affected. In step three, which will happen no earlier than May 17, remaining accommodation such as hotels can reopen, as well as indoor entertainment such as cinemas. When will the pubs and restaurants reopen? Pubs will be allowed to let people back in subject to the rule of six/two households no earlier than May 17. (Image: DCM) Much like holidays, the reopening of pubs and restaurants will be in two stages, across step two and step three. No earlier than April 12 will see the pubs and restaurants allowed to reopen, but for outdoor service only subject to the rule-of-six or two households rule. No indoor service is permitted. However, in step three, to take place no earlier than May 17, indoor service will once again be permitted subject to the rule-of-six or two households requirement, while outdoors will become restricted to a maximum of thirty. There won’t be any curfews or arguing over scotch eggs this time though as the requirement to buy food or close at a certain time has been ditched. Read More Related Articles Fatal crash which left teen crawling from wreck changed mum's life Read More Related Articles Cornwall Council Labour and Tories get into bed to oppose council tax hike When can I see family and friends again? Your ability to see family and friends subject to the rules is set out in stages. At the moment, you can only exercise one-to-one with someone that is not in your household. However, on March 29, you will be allowed to socialise one-to-one in an outdoors location including private gardens. You cannot however go into the property. From no earlier than April 12, people able to see more than one person outside, subject to the rule-of-six or two households rule, whether to socialise or visit a restaurant or pub. In step three, no earlier than May 17, you can go inside a property again subject to the rule of six, or meet in a larger group outdoors no larger than 30 people. This includes pubs, restaurants and other hospitality settings. If everything goes to plan, no earlier than June 21 offers the possibility that all social contact rules will be lifted, meaning that you can see more than six people indoors or outdoors. How many people can attend a wedding or funeral? Weddings are set to be limited to 30 people by May 17 Weddings and funerals have been among the most restricted in the last year, with many of us turning to online streaming of events where attendances have been severely curtailed by the numbers permitted. On March 8, funerals will be permitted an attendance of up to thirty people, with wakes and weddings limited to six people. In step two, no earlier than April 12, funerals will remain at 30 people permitted to attend, with the restrictions on the numbers allowed to attend wakes, weddings and receptions limited to 15 people. In step three, no earlier than May 17, most significant life events whether that’s a funeral, reception, wake, wedding or other events such as a bar mitzvah, will be limited to 30 people. Step four on no earlier than June 21 sees the possibility that all attendance limits will be lifted. When will currently closed businesses be allowed to open? For many of us, we’re getting to the point in lockdown where our hair is either getting longer than an unsheared sheep or maybe we’ve had a DIY haircut disaster. The good news is that many currently closed businesses will be allowed to open no earlier than April 12 in step two. This includes non-essential retail that is currently closed as well as personal care premises such as hairdressers and beauty salons. Also awaiting us on April 12 is the reopening of some outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas in addition to community facilities such as libraries and community centres. However, some will have to wait until step three, no earlier than May 17. Set to reopen in this step is the remaining outdoor entertainment venues, such as performances as well as hotels and non-self-contained accommodation.
. Venues such as sports stadiums and large events are set to reopen on May 17, subject to capacity limits except where it is part of a pilot project. Those craving the nightlife once again will have to wait a bit longer, as the reopening of nightclubs for the first time since March 2020 won’t take place any earlier than June 21, subject to review. What is the full road map?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving back at 10 Downing Street, London, after giving his speech to Parliament where he set out the road map for easing coronavirus restrictions across England
(Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
The full roadmap, which sets out a series of dates which is the earliest something will be lifted is subject to monthly review and could change. The four steps will see a gradual easing of restrictions subject to four criteria, including the progress of vaccinations, the effectiveness of vaccines on reducing hospitalisations, the demand on the NHS and the impact of any new variants of the disease. Step One March 8 Schools and colleges will open to all students and practical higher education courses. Recreation exercise outdoors permitted with household or one other person (one to one) Wraparound childcare permitted. Funerals limited to 30 people, wakes and weddings limited to six. March 29 Rule of six or two households of any size permitted to mix outdoors. Indoors mixing still banned. Outdoor sports and leisure facilities can reopen. Organised outdoor sports allowed for children and adults. Stay at home legal restriction replaced with a “minimise travel” guidance, with no holidays permitted. Outdoor parent and child groups can take place (up to 15 parents) Step Two No earlier than April 12 Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for individual or household group use. Rule of six or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors. Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas permitted to reopen. Community facilities such as libraries can reopen. Personal care premises, all non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality can reopen. All children’s activities can resume, including indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents). Domestic overnight stays (household only) can resume. Self contained accommodation such as holiday lets can reopen for households only. Funerals are limited to 30 people attending, with wakes, weddings and receptions limited to 15 people. Minimise travel guidance remains in place, with holidays abroad still banned. Domestic holidays can take place. Event pilots (such as theatres or sports attendance) will take place.
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Step 3 No earlier than May 17 Indoor entertainment (such as cinemas) and attractions can reopen. Up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Indoor visits are limited to the rule of six or two households inside (subject to review) Domestic overnight stays, not restricted to a household. Organised indoor adult sport can resume. Most significant life events restricted to 30 people (such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, funerals etc) The remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances) can take place. The remaining accommodation can reopen (such as hotels). Some large events, except for pilots can take place subject to capacity limits. International travel may take place (subject to review)
Step 4 No earlier than June 21, subject to review No legal limits on social contact. Nightclubs can reopen Larger events can take place. No legal limits on attendance at life events.
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