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Luton town centre - COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery 2021

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of national restrictions for England. Read more HERE - and see below for a summary.

Step 1: 8th March

This will start with schools reopening on Monday, 8th March, and will include some further limited changes on 29th March to allow families to meet outdoors as most schools break up for the Easter holidays.

By the time Step 1 begins, those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable (JCVI cohorts 1 to 4) will have received protection from their first dose of the vaccine.

Step 2: No earlier than the 12th April

Here is a summary of step 2:

  • Some premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). 
  • Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. 
  • The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. 
  • Activities such as driving tests may also resume. 
  • The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events. The rules on social contact outdoors will apply in these settings. 
  • Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain. 
  • All newly open settings must abide by the social contact rules. The Government will continue to enforce restrictions and require businesses to demonstrate robust strategies for managing the risk of transmission and to ensure social distancing rules are followed. Local authorities and the police will continue to provide support and advice to newly reopened settings, enabling them to operate safely. Where businesses do not follow the rules, the appropriate enforcement action will be taken

Step 3: No earlier than 17th May

Here is a summary of step 3:

  • In Step 3, all but the most high-risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and premises must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits.
  • Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas - and indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, will reopen.
  • Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs, will reopen.
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes, will resume.
  • Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events, can reopen. Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower. The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.
  • Weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees. A broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Step 4: No earlier than 21st June

The remaining closed settings, including nightclubs, can reopen and large events, including theatre performances (above the Step 3 capacity restrictions) can reopen.
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