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MetiNews.Com - From sitting by the River Cam with a G&T to supporting the U's at Abbey Stadium - 2021 could be the year we can finally enjoy all Cambridge has to offer again
Breaking News ! After the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday, February 22, detailing his roadmap out of lockdown there is some hope on the horizon. With plans to have all measures lifted from June 21 at the earliest, we could see a return to summer evenings in pub beer gardens, punts along the River Cam and picnics in Parker's Piece. Speaking first to the House of Commons and later addressing the nation in a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson announced his plans for bringing England out of its third coronavirus lockdown, which he hopes will be the last. Explaining his plan to bring the country out of lockdown, the Prime Minister said it is being done "gradually" to "replace the protection afforded by lockdown with the protection of vaccines." "Our approach is to move with the utmost care," he said, "advancing in four steps - each with a minimum of five weeks apart so we can properly judge the impact of each relaxation before we move on." Use our tool below to find out more about Covid near you: Mr Johnson went on to say: "We will be led at every stage by data not dates and we will apply four tests; the pace of the vaccination programme, the effectiveness of vaccines, the pressure on the NHS and the risks of any new variants of Covid." Despite the warnings that this move out of lockdown would be gradual, the Prime Minister said that due to the ongoing vaccination effort across the country we will see a spring and summer which he thinks "will be seasons of hope - looking and feeling inconquerably better for us all and from which we will not go back." So with the gradual easing of restrictions set to take place over the next four months, when can we start enjoying all the wonderful things Cambridge has to offer? We've broken down the key dates in the roadmap out of lockdown below, and what they mean for the people of Cambridge. March 8 Pictures taken during the third day of the Government Coronavirus lockdown. Social distancing on Jesus Green (Image: Cambridge News) From March 8 the main priority for the Government is the return of students to classroom learning. Schools, colleges and some university students will be returning to the classroom - with twice-weekly testing being made available to support secondary school and college students. For those with loved ones in care homes, they will be allowed one regular visitor - ending months of loneliness and separation from family and loved ones. The stay at home order will still remain in place, however you will be allowed to meet one other person outdoors for 'recreation'. This means no more meeting up to wander around aimlessly as your daily exercise, instead you could meet up with a friend for a picnic on Parker's Piece, or a coffee on Jesus Green. Roadmap out of lockdown - everything you need to know Pubs and restaurants Non-essential shops and hairdressers Holidays and staycations Meeting friends and family March 29 Further limited changes will be brought in from March 29 as the second part of step one - timed to coincide with the Easter holidays for pupils. From this point, you can meet in groups of up to 6 people, or larger groups consisting of two households, outdoors including in private gardens. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out.
. Outdoor leisure facilities will also reopen - meaning you can go for a dip in Jesus Green Lido or dust off your racket for a game of tennis. April 12
You'll be able to see all the new residents at Hamerton Zoo Park, including the Syrian Brown Bears - who live up to the stereotype and love honey!
(Image: Cambridge News)
From April 12 at the earliest most outdoor attractions and settings will reopen. This means you could meet up for a day out at one of Cambridgeshire's zoos, such as Hamerton, Shepreth or Linton, or maybe venture further afield for a day at a theme park. Hospitality venues can also reopen to serve people outdoors, meaning you can go for a meal or a drink with others. For example, you could enjoy a spring evening sipping a G&T at one of our many pubs, such as the Fort St George or buy one from The Mill and enjoy the views over the Millpond. For anyone with wedding bells on the horizon, the number of people allowed to attend weddings and receptions will rise from six to 15.
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May 17 From May 17 at the earliest most social contact rules will be lifted outdoors, though a limit of 30 people remains. So just as the weather warms up you could meet friends and family at one of Cambridge's many green spaces or country parks, enjoy a picnic, a BBQ or an al fresco drink and finally have a good catch up after months apart. Rules will also be lifted on the hospitality sector, meaning you can sit indoors as a group of six or two households for a meal or drink, go to the cinema or take the kids to a soft play area. If you've missed supporting the Amber Army at the Cambridge United ground then you have the chance to get back in the stands, as sporting events in outdoor venues will be allowed with a capacity of 4,000 people of half-full (whichever is lower). For those more inclined to music and the arts, get ready as Cambridge Corn Exchange could be opening their doors once again as larger performances in indoor venues will be allowed with a capacity of 1,000 people of half-full (whichever is lower). If you're looking to tie the knot in May you'll be happy to know that up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings and receptions, doubling your guest list from April. June 21
Oh how we miss punting along the Cam!
From June 21 it is hoped that all legal limits on social contact can be removed. This means you'll, hopefully, be able to meet friends and family more freely and return to some form of normality. Whether it's a summer afternoon in one of our many beer gardens, touring one of our wonderful museums, enjoying a bite to eat by the river or simply spending time with family and friends after more than a year of restrictions on socialising. It's also hoped that nightclubs will be able to reopen, so you can get your glad rags on and boogie the night away in Vinyl or Lola Lo's. Sadly Fez won't be an option since they shut their doors for good. Larger events and performances could also get the green light to go ahead without the restrictions previously imposed on capacity. So summer 2021 could be one of live music, concerts, shows, sport and finally feeling some sort of normality again.