What you can and can’t do as Preston and Lancashire enter the next phase of lockdown easing

Posted on - 12th April, 2021 - 2:32pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fylde News, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston, Wyre News
Social distancing signs in Preston city centre Pic: cockerhoop
Social distancing signs in Preston city centre Pic: cockerhoop

The nation has entered the next phase of getting back to normality today (Monday 12 April).


More of the restrictions have been relaxed meaning non-essential shops and outdoor areas have now been allowed to open.

We have compiled a list of what you can and can’t do now.

The latest Covid-19 data in your area can be seen below

What you can do:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothes shops, camera and electronics shops, can reopen
  • Personal care services such as hairdressers, nail salons, tattoo and piercing studios, including mobile services can reopen
  • Public libraries can reopen
  • Community centres can reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality can reopen for outdoor table service only
  • Zoos and theme parks can reopen
  • Drive in performances and cinemas can start
  • Small events such as fetes, literary fairs and fairgrounds can go ahead
  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities can open for individual exercise or support bubble exercise
  • All childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors for all children
  • Parent and child groups can take place indoors for up to 15 people
  • Weddings, civil partnerships, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people
  • Wedding receptions can also take place outdoors (not including private gardens) for up to 15 people
  • Self-contained accommodation can open in England for household groups or support bubbles
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two individuals for regular indoor visits
  • Continue to work from home
  • Keep travel minimal
  • Support groups can continue if organised by a business, charity or public body

What you can’t do

  • Go inside a pub or restaurant
  • Go inside other peoples houses
  • No meeting more than six people or two households in a public space or in a garden
  • No social gatherings with work colleagues

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

You can be fined £800 if you go to a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.

If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can fine you £10,000.

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