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What you can do in Lincoln as the restrictions lift

What you can do and where you can go in Lincoln as the lockdown restrictions are lifted across England from Monday 12th April.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that Monday 12th April would be the second stage of easing lockdown, and pubs and restaurants will open their gardens, and retailers will open their doors once again.

Alongside retail and outdoor hospitality, hairdressers, nail salons and tattooists are permitted to reopen, as well as libraries, most outdoor attractions, self-catering accommodation, and gyms.

This phase of the lifting restrictions is Stage 2, following on from the recent lift of restrictions on Monday 29th March that saw the ‘Stay at Home’ message change to ‘Stay Local’.

As of this date, the rule of six will be in force, meaning groups of six people from any household, or unlimited groups from two households, will be able to meet up for leisure in an outdoor seating area.

Here is a summary of what you can do and where you can go once restrictions lift for phase two of the roadmap to recovery, on Monday 12th April.

Businesses and activities that can re-open

  • All retail shops and businesses
  • Personal care (close contact services such as hairdressers, tattooists, nail bars etc)
  • Libraries
  • Most outdoor attractions
  • Indoor leisure services for individual use (e.g. Gyms)
  • Self -Contained accommodation (single household use only)
  • All children’s activities
  • Outdoor hospitality (pubs, restaurants, cafes, see below for specific restrictions)
  • Indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents)

Outdoor Hospitality

Monday 12th April is the first step in the reopening of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants for consumption of food and drink on the premises, outdoors. There are no curfews or restrictions in opening hours, other than general licensing restrictions, and you do not need to purchase a ‘substantial meal’ (or scotch egg) with your drink.

Here are some ‘beer garden’ rules you will need to follow:

  • Service will be outdoors only
  • You may go inside the premises, while wearing a face covering and maintaining a 2m social distance, to access the outside area, or to use the toilet facilities and baby changing facilities.
  • If you are under a covering, for example, a gazebo, it must be at least 50% open to the outside air
  • Table service only for ordering, consumption, and payment (where possible)
  • Maximum number of 2 households or up to 6 people from different households

In other hospitality businesses not selling alcohol, an order can be placed at the counter inside, for takeaway purposes or to eat in an outside seating area

Test and Trace

All businesses must display the updated official NHS Test and Trace QR code poster, so you can ‘check in’ with your smartphone. Alternatively, you can provide your contact details to a member of staff on arrival, giving your full name and contact telephone number to ensure you don’t get refused entry.

This is to help keep the country safe and trace the spread of COVID-19 and your records will be kept on file securely, adhering to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for 21 days. All staff working on the premises and shift times on a given day will also have the details kept by the business.

Face coverings

Face coverings are still a national requirement and must be worn inside premises unless exemptions apply. But don’t worry, you won’t forget, as businesses will have polite notices and reminders in clear and obvious places.

There are three main exemptions to wearing a face covering in indoor settings, and that includes while you are eating, drinking or for ID purposes.

Staff in businesses must also wear a face covering in areas where they come into contact with customers/public however if there is a screen in place, the staff member behind the screen doesn’t have to wear a face covering.

Lockdown rules and restrictions that are still in place from April 12th

It is important to note that many restrictions and lockdown rules will still be in place from Monday 12th April. The next date set out in the Roadmap to Recovery is 17th May, where England will hopefully see more restrictions lifted if the data shows the success of the vaccine roll out and the control of the spread of COVID-19.

  • You still cannot travel abroad for leisure, and hotels, bed and breakfasts and shared facilities are campsites will remain closed.
  • Nightclubs, dance halls and other indoor leisure facilities will remain closed unless they are operating as outdoor, seated, hospitality.
  • Households are still not allowed to mix inside. You will be able to meet in groups of six or two households outdoors, and bubbles remain unaffected.
  • While outdoor sports facilities and gyms can open, group sports and activities indoors must not take place.

Other General Covid-19 Secure Measures for businesses

  • When customers are queuing to go into premises the queues should be managed, including markings on the ground where customers should stand. It is recommended that they would have an ‘End of Queue’ sign to stop too many people joining the queue and if a business regularly has queues, they should ideally have a member of staff managing the queue/entry into the premises
  • On entering a premise there should be a sanitisation station with a hand sanitiser for customers to use
  • Have signage to communicate to customers how they should behave
  • Have signage advising customers to wear face coverings
  • Ideally have one-way systems or a way of managing customers so that they do not come into close contact with each other
  • Have social distance markers to remind customers to maintain social distancing.
  • Having good ventilation such as open windows and doors (but not fire doors)
  • Keep background music at a low level to prevent staff and customers from raising their voices

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